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South Middle Team Wins Second Place at MATHCOUNTS State Competition

South Middle students at the New York State Mathcounts Competition.

A team from South Middle School won second place at the New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on March 9. 

The team of Jonathan Kogan, Eric Pei, Tristan Wan and Richard Zhuang, with alternate Lillian Wang, advanced to the state-level competition following their second-place finish at the Long Island Chapter competition in February.

Students competed in both individual and team rounds, with questions progressively increasing in difficulty. The South Middle team’s final score tied for first place in the state competition; a tie-breaking rule was used to determine the first and second-place teams. 

Two South Middle students also received trophies for their individual performances at the competition. Based on their individual scores, Eric Pei and Tristan Wan qualified to compete in the fast-paced “countdown round,” where students face off against one another to answer questions before their opponent. Tristan came in fifth-place overall, and Eric in eighth-place, out of 200 top participants.

The team coach is Diane Hodgson, mathematics teacher at South Middle.

The MATHCOUNTS competition focuses on problem solving and mathematical reasoning through collaboration, with points awarded for speed and accuracy. It is sponsored by the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides engaging programs to middle schools across the country.