A total of 61 students competed in the Big Sandy MathCounts competition on February 18 at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, an increase of 15 students from last year. The event’s top scorer, Zoe Castle, is a 7th grader from Johnson County Middle. She won a full four-year scholarship to the University of Kentucky and a four-year $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University.
Teams included Johnson County Middle, Pikeville Junior High, JD Adams Middle, Allen Central Middle, Allen Elementary, South Floyd Middle, and Mullins.
Johnson County Middle School’s team placed first in the competition. Team members included Blayne Boone, Zoe Castle, Cameron Willis, and Peyton Sergent. They are coached by Pam Burton.
The second place team was Pikeville Junior High School. Team members included Sarah Belcher, Caeden Bartley, Jason Lin, and Maddox Parsons. They are coached by Jeri McNamee.
The top four individuals not on a winning team included Preston Crase (South Floyd), Kade Scott (Allen Central), Tyler Hall (Johnson County), and CJ Branham (Mullins).
MathCounts is national program put on by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) puts on local and state competitions throughout Kentucky. The Big Sandy Chapter, covers Morgan, Magoffin, Johnson, Floyd, Martin, and Pike counties. Ashlie Childers of Summit Engineering in Pikeville is MathCounts coordinator for the local chapter. The mission of MathCounts is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. Students eligible to compete in the Big Sandy Chapter competition are in the 6th through 8th grade, and reside in one of the aforementioned counties.
The top two teams and the top four students not on a winning team are eligible to advance to the state finals at Western Kentucky University on March 24-25, 2016. The first place individual overall receives a full four-year scholarship to the University of Kentucky, a four-year $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University, and a $500 scholarship from KSPE.