DoDEA Pacific “Mathlete” earns spot in national MATHCOUNTS competition
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — For the third straight year, Osan Middle School eighth-grade student Jonas Knudsen earned the opportunity to compete on a National stage after finishing third in the 2013 Department of Defense Dependent Schools MATHCOUNTS State Competition.
Knudsen will join the DoDDS team, composed of the top four state-level finishers, at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition May 9-12 at the Washington D.C. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
DoDEA Pacific and DoDEA Europe, recognized as one state by MATHCOUNTS, had a total of 13 teams compete in this year’s state-level competition, to include DoDEA Pacific teams from Seoul Middle School and Yokota Middle School. Knudsen also helped his Osan Middle School teammates, or “Mathletes,” earn 1st place in DoDEA Pacific and 3rd place overall in the DoDDS-wide competition. DoDDS comprises the overseas DoD schools managed by the Department of Defense Education Activity.
The Osan Middle School team was coached by Martha McIntyre who helped Matthew Burbee, Anigha Collins, Jonas Knudsen and Young Park prepare for the competition. Three of the students have practiced and trained together for three years.
“As a team they worked well together, knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses and each had a solid math background,” said McIntyre, who has been teaching for 40 years and sponsoring MATHCOUNTS teams for more than 15 years. “It has been a thrill to watch these students advance each year through hard work and perseverance.”
During the fast-paced, multi-round DoDDS State Competition, students were challenged by a variety of conceptual mathematics problems in algebra, geometry and discrete math.
MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to inspire sixth through eighth-grade students toward high achievement in mathematics.
Beginning each fall and continuing through much of the school year, teachers and volunteer sponsors dedicated practice activities outside regular math classes. The activities help students prepare for the rigors of competition by emphasizing math formulas, vocabulary development, and drills with fun and challenging math problems from the official MATHCOUNTS handbook.
Beyond boosting interest in mathematics for middle school students, the practices and competitions help students sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. According to a MATHCOUNTS press release, more than 125,000 students representing over 7,000 schools register annually to participate in MATHCOUNTS programs.
For more information on MATHCOUNTS visit: www.mathcounts.org.
DoDDS Individual Results (Top four advance to national competition):
First Place: Christopher Egerstrom, Spangdahlem Middle School
Second Place: Caleb Bavlnka, SHAPE Middle High School
Third Place: Jonas Knudsen, Osan Middle School
Fourth Place: Andrew Constable, Vicenza Middle School
Fifth Place: Matthew Porritt, Landstuhl Elementary Middle School
Sixth Place: Madeline Gear, AFNORTH Middle High School
DoDDS Team Results:
First Place: SHAPE Middle High School (Caleb Bavlnka, Samantha Diwa, Lizzie Hobbs
and Matthew O’Connor and coach Gale Cannon)
Second Place: Ramstein Middle School (Seiji Aponte, Miles Egger, Nijel McIntosh and
Connor Settle and coach Mark Krevalis)
Third Place: Osan Middle School (Matthew Burbee, Anigha Collins, Jonas Knudsen and
Young Park and coach Martha McIntyre)
Fourth Place: Landsthul Elementary Middle School (Patrick Baty, Henry Butler, Matthew Porritt and Victoria Roberts and coach Kara Stolee-Keifer)
Fifth Place: Spangdahlem Middle School (Brandon Boone, Christopher Egerstrom, Austin Fisher and Josher Quevedo and coach Diana Barks)
Sixth Place: Aviano Middle/High School (Nathan Huerta, Julia Market, Chadeya Miller and Monica Stevens and coach Alan Scharff)
About DoDEA Pacific:
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, Department of Defense schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 49 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,300 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.
Learn more: www.dodea.edu/pacific