Clermont County Gifted STEM Program competed at UC

March 1st, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: Community

Bethel-Tate STEM team members are, from left, coach Fay Wagner, Alyssa Barnhouse, Justin Royer, Caleb Brink, Ethan Guseman, and Wyatt O'Neil.

Williamsburg team members are, from left, coach Fay Wagner, Emily Benton, Spencer Clark, and Brendan Madigan.

What is 30 years old, has received recognition by five different presidents, and came to the University of Cincinnati this February? MathCounts!

MathCounts began in 1983 as a program for strengthening students’ mathematics and critical thinking skills, and to date, over six million students have participated.

This year, competitions are taking place in all 50 states, involving more than 6,000 schools! The program offers materials that are studied throughout the fall and winter, culminating with an exciting day of teamwork and friendly competition.

This year, the MathCounts program has been an integral part of the middle school classes in the Clermont County Gifted STEM Program, with students from Bethel-Tate and Williamsburg Middle Schools participating.

Students have practiced independently, completed online challenges, and have worked hard during face-to- face classes. Some students have even met after school to hone their skills.

The local level competition was held, and the top scorers represented their schools at the Cincinnati area competition at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 23.

During the competition, Ethan Guseman won the top-scoring position for Bethel-Tate Middle School, and Spencer Clark took this honor for Williamsburg Middle School. Seven Hills School won the Cincinnati title, and will advance to the state level competition. Congratulations, mathletes!

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