March 07, 2012

Wentworth Awards Full-Tuition Scholarships to Top Winners in Annual State MATHCOUNTS Competition

Student winners of MATHCOUNTS with Wentworth's President. James Lin, Alec Sun, Niket Gowravaram, Uma Roy, Dr. Zorica Pantic, and Matthew Lipman.

Boston, MA—March 7, 2012--Wentworth Institute of Technology hosted the 29th Annual State MATHCOUNTS Competition for the sixteenth consecutive year. Wentworth awarded $100 checks and full, four-year tuition scholarships to the top four winners and the top female competitor. MATHCOUNTS is designed to increase enthusiasm for, and advancement in, mathematics in middle school, a crucial stage for developing and sustaining interest and ability in math.

This year’s top four students, who will represent Massachusetts at the MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Fla., in May, are Alec Sun from Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington (first place); Niket Gowravaram from R.J. Grey Junior High School in Acton (second place); James Lin from McCall Middle School in Winchester (third place); and Matthew Lipman from Meadowbrook School of Weston (fourth place). The top female student was Uma Roy from William Diamond Middle School in Lexington. The winning school in the team competition was Jonas Clarke Middle School.

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) awarded $250 bonds to each of the top ten student winners and the MathPath Academy awarded $250 scholarships to each of the top four student winners to help pay for summer math camp.

The event was made possible by the following organizations: Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE); Boston Section, Civil Engineers Society, American Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES/ASCE); Society of American Military Engineers (SAME); Raytheon; Fay, Spofford & Thorndike; Shaw Group; Air Force Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA); Hanscom AFB; CDM Engineers and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Participants in the State MATHCOUNTS Competition are the top individual winners and/or members of the top teams in their local chapter competitions.  This year, 129 students from 40 Massachusetts schools participated in the competition. 

MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition that promotes math achievement.  Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades compete individually and as team members in written and oral matches in the subjects of algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry.  The competition is followed by a fast-paced oral competition, called the Countdown Round, where two students compete, one-on-one. 


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