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MATHCOUNTS competition planned for Feb. 10

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by The Press in School

About 220 students from 23 middle, intermediate and junior high schools from multiple counties are registered to compete in the 34th annual Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS Feb. 10 at the new Nitschmann Middle School, 1002 W. Union Blvd., Bethlehem. Snow date is Feb. 11.

Students will take written tests 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the gymnasium. The top 10 scoring students will face off in the countdown round, a “Jeopardy” style oral competition, 1 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Organized by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers for students in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon and Monroe counties, the event is one of about 20 Pennsylvania competitions.

Regional winners advance to the state competition March 23 and 24 in Harrisburg. Students and coaches devote many after school hours to prepare for what some have called the “Olympics of Math.”

The 2018 National MATHCOUNTS competition will take place May 12 to 15 in Washington, D.C.

Raytheon Corporation is the title sponsor. Nationwide approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 5,500 schools will participate in the 2018 MATHCOUNTS competition.

Lehigh County schools participating in the event are: Eyer, Harrison Morton, Lower Macungie, Southern Lehigh, Trexler, Springhouse and Orefield middle schools; St. Thomas More School; St. Ann School, Emmaus; St. Joseph the Worker School; St. Theresa School; and The Swain School.

Schools from Northampton County are: East Hills; Easton Area, Nitschmann and Saucon Valley middle schools; Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School; Moravian Academy, and St. Ann School, Bethlehem.

Monroe County schools are Clear Run Intermediate School; Pocono Mountain East Junior High School; Pocono Mountain West Junior High School and Swiftwater Intermediate School;

Prizes at the Lehigh Valley competition include scholarships for math and/or science courses at Cedar Crest, Moravian, and Lafayette colleges, and Lehigh Carbon and Northampton County community colleges.

MATHCOUNTS, a program of the National Society of Professional Engineers, is a math enrichment, coaching and competition program which promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory to provide students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering or mathematics careers.