Tuesday, January 31, 2012

St. Bonaventure University to host MATHCOUNTS regional contest

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. Jan. 30, 2012 — MATHCOUNTS, a national math contest for sixth-, seventh- and eighth graders, will be hosted by St. Bonaventure University on Feb. 11 in the William F. Walsh Science Center Amphitheater from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Doug Cashing, will coordinate this year’s competition. Local middle schools will send four students and one coach to participate in the contest. Last year, Allegany-Limestone Central School, Cheektowaga Central School, and Tapestry Charter School from Buffalo were among the participants.

During a series of morning and afternoon rounds, students participate individually and as a team trying to advance their school further in the competition. The three individuals and schools that receive the top scores will win trophies. The three highest scoring schools will advance to the state competition, which will take place in March. Winners of the state competition will advance to nationals, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., on May 11.

According to the MATHCOUNTS website, “The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for, and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the U.S.”  As an incentive to participate in the contest, each year the MATHCOUNTS School Handbooks are provided to every middle school in the nation for free. Financial support from St. Bonaventure, anonymous grants and other generous donations help make this contest possible.

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