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Local Middle Schoolers Compete in MATHCOUNTS Competition

Posted at: 02/08/2013 5:36 PM
Updated at: 02/09/2013 4:52 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- More than 70 students from nearly a dozen local schools competed in the 30th annual MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition in Rochester today.

The competition is tough. The scores of individual written tests narrowed the head to head competition to the top 16 students

"Once you put me in front of a huge crowd I just start sweating," said Kellogg Middle School 7th grader Kevin Meng-Lin.

This is Kevin Meng-Lin's second time here, but this is the first time he's made the top 16.

"I've worked a lot harder, learned a lot more so I'm a lot more prepared," said Meng-Lin.

Many of the students have been preparing for this since last fall.

"I'm so proud of them, they've been working really hard doing both homework and practices for several months here," said Amy Galbraith, volunteer coach at Kellogg Middle School.

The time and effort these students put into math goes well beyond todays competition.

"It's so encouraging to see more kids wanting to be doing this, to be thinking this is a good thing to be doing now and in the future," said Galbraith.

"It will help encourage them to become involved in science and technology engineering and math, kind of those core 4 types of disciplines that we are really trying to encourage students to get involved with nowadays," said Angie Kolz, Co-Coordinator of the competition.

Angie Kolz says middle school is a critical age when it comes to developing interest and ability.

"This is where the jobs are going to be so preparing our kids to have these kind of jobs helps them be prepared to have paying jobs when their adults," said Kolz.

Kolz says many of these students will become our future engineers and scientists.

"Those jobs usually require a lot of problem solving so math helps that logical thinking which will help you solve problems," said Meng-Lin.

Two schools and four students will go on to compete in the state competition next month.

Friday's winners: http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S2925632.shtml?cat=10225