Several students advance to state MathCounts competition

Several students advance to state MathCounts competition

A team from Milton M. Somers Middle School, and students from several other Charles County Public middle schools, advance to the state MathCounts competition after placing in the Southern Maryland competition held Feb. 1 at Theodore G. Davis Middle School in Waldorf.

The team from Somers earned a second-place overall win among 18 competing teams. The top four teams advance to the state level. The state MathCounts competition is scheduled for March 15 at Johns Hopkins University, and middle school teams from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties competed in the regional competition.

Members of the Somers team are eighth graders Elizabeth Saoud and Ethan Walker, and seventh graders Michael Gill and Sydney Marohn-Johnson. The team coaches are Somers mathematics teachers Jennifer Craigmile and Jessica Stiver. This is the second consecutive year that a team from Somers advanced to the state level.

Additionally, five other CCPS students will compete at the state level for earning a place in the top 26 individual rankings at the regional competition. They are: Adolf Accad, seventh grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Amara Gammon, seventh grade, Davis; Michael Meade, eighth grade, Davis; Jacob Polis, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School; and Peter Stewart, seventh grade, General Smallwood Middle School.

The competition consists of four rounds in which students compete and earn points both as team members and individuals. In the sprint round, students individually complete a 30-question test. In the target round, students have four sets of math problems and are given six minutes to complete each set of two questions. During the team round, students receive 20 minutes to complete 10 questions as a team. The final round is a Jeopardy-style countdown round, in which the top 12 students compete against each other.

MathCounts is one of the country’s largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. The regional competition is sponsored by the three Southern Maryland public school systems, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc., and the National Society of Professional Engineers. For more information about MathCounts, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.




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