Matthew Healy, Enayat Kapadia, Parker Lake, Amy Li, Justin Liang, Richard Luo, Ben Olness, Calder Sinak, Stacy Wang, Michael Zhan
These ten students will represent HPMS at the January 31 MATHCOUNTS Dallas Chapter Competition at SMU. Top scorers in the Chapter competition will move on to MATHCOUNTS State in Austin on March 28.
Thirty students in grades 5 through 8 participated in the two-day, after-school meet. Competition was extremely tight this year for those top ten spots. After the individual testing on Day One, Henry Wang and Justin Liang were tied for 10th place and had to battle it out in Day Two’s Countdown Round, a one-on-one head-to-head competition.
In the Countdown Round, two students at a time sit at the front of the room, armed with buzzer switches, competing to see who can correctly answer three questions first. Meanwhile, the other students watch the fast-paced action and try to work the problems themselves.
Justin Liang won the 10th place spot, while Parker Lake was the overall victor of the Countdown Round, defeating all his opponents, including our two tied-for-1st-place individual test scorers, Amy Li and Michael Zhan.
Our top 5th grader was Justin Li, who actually tied 8th graders Henry and Justin Liang for 10th place, but he is ineligible to compete at Chapter because he’s not yet in 6th grade! Parth Nandekar came in first of all 6th graders.
Thanks to Greenhill School for providing the buzzer-and-light indicator system, as well as to parent volunteers Angie Nouanesengsy, Lisa Sinak and Jennifer Lake for helping to run this event. The Math Team is coached by Sarah Beth Haigler and Randi Summer.
We wish our team the best of luck at the January 31 MATHCOUNTS Meet at SMU!