Mathletes to match wits in territorial championship this week on St. Croix


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ST. CROIX - Some of the territory's top mathletes will go head-to-head this week in a contest to represent the territory nationally as the V.I. Education Department hosts the annual State MathCounts competition.

The state competition will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Good Hope Country Day School.

The district competitions were last month on each island, and by the end of more than four intense hours of oral, written, group and individual segments, Good Hope Country Day School was the winning team on St. Croix after beating out teams from Elena Christian Junior High; Ricardo Richards Elementary; John H. Woodson Junior High; and Church of God Holiness Academy.

The Good Hope Country Day School team - Jared Hodge, Rose Kleeger, Julian Bishop and Caroline Flavia - along with the other six top student finishers - Ali Boucenna and Micah Flemming from Church of God Holiness Academy; John Woodson Junior High's Keshawn Hardy; and Jamihl Levine and Micaya Labadie from Elena Christian Junior High School - will represent the district in the competition.

Ali was the overall individual winner of the St. Croix competition.

Good Hope Country Day MathCounts coach Cesar Guerra said he has tried to ensure that the students are ready for the competition, so that they do their best kowing they have worked hard and are well prepared.

On St. Thomas, Antilles School's team won the district competition, coming out ahead of Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, V.I. Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy, and Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.

The Antilles team - Mansi Totwani, Manav Thadani, Robert Hunter and Maggie James - will join the other six top student finishers - Antilles' Harshitha Naidu and Dave Gurmani; and Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School's Skylar Anspacher, Demoi Millett, Hezekiah George and Ronj Buendia - in the territorial competition.

Mansi was the top individual mathlete on St. Thomas.

Michele Humphries, who has been the MathCounts coach for Antilles School for 19 years, is hoping to lead her team to the victory as they go up against Guerra and his team in the state competition.

All of the students heading to the state competition, including those who won their spots via their team competition, will compete as individuals in Wednesday's competition.

The state competition will follow a similar format as the district competitions - including the Sprint Round, featuring problems distributed to individual competitors in a contest that tests accuracy, with calculators not permitted.

The Target Round, will include multiple-step problems, given in four pairs, that require mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills. Competitors will have a few minutes to solve each pair of problems, and calculators will be permitted.

The Team Round will consist of problems that team members will work on together, compare answers and decide on which answers are right.

The scores from the first two individual rounds determine students' individual standings, and the top 10 will compete in the Countdown Round where they will have just seconds to come up with the correct answer without using a calculator in elimination rounds.

This year the district is celebrating its 28th year of conducting MathCounts and it is the 31st anniversary of the national competition.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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