25th Annual LVJUSD MathCounts Competition Held Via Facebook LIVE for 2021
June 1, 2021 - Livermore, CA - Middle school students from throughout Livermore gathered at Granada High School on Saturday, May 8, 2021 for the 25th Annual MathCounts competition, hosted by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD). 43 exceptional math minds from grades 6 through 8 representing all 5 LVJUSD middle schools participated in this event in person while following County COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols.
Students progressed through the preliminary rounds with the top ten 7th and 8th grade students participating in the "lightning rounds" and awards ceremony that were broadcast live on the Livermore Schools Facebook page. For the family and friends of those competing, this provided a window into the excitement and suspense as students battled each other head to head in each round. The top 6th grade winners of the MathCounts competition, all from Mendenhall, included Tanay Deka - 1st Place; Arshia Mittal - 2nd Place; Anaya Menon - 3rd Place; Matthew Parr - 4th Place; and Darrick Tran - 5th Place. First, Second, and Third place winners for 7th grade were Isaac Lee, Charles Hertz and Brian Zhang, all from Mendenhall. First, Second, and Third place winners from 8th grade were Audrey Manley from Mendenhall, Hastin Chen from Christensen and Shrish Premkrishna from East Avenue.
“Each year, I am so impressed by the sheer math talent of so many of our students. They are our Math-letes and this is their sport! This year, I was so thankful to our teachers and coaches for their flexibility and patience as we all learned how to transition this great opportunity for our students into an online adventure,” expressed Kevin Grier, Director of Curriculum for LVJUSD.
Mathematics is a foundation of STEM education - science, technology, engineering, and math. “Not only is MathCounts a fun way to extend classroom learning, but it also develops fluency in math, which is critical for students’ success in 21st century careers,” noted Grier.
With the guidance and leadership from volunteer coaches consisting of local scientists, mathematicians, community members, parents, and teachers, each LVJUSD middle school coordinates its own MathCounts club to engage a community of dedicated math students. Weekly club meetings include activities that reinforce middle school math content and an extended application of problem-solving skills.
Robin Schlichter, LVJUSD’s MathCounts Coordinator was grateful for the continuation of the program during distance learning. “During the 2020-21 school year, all five LVJUSD middle schools were able to provide online MathCounts clubs. Students, teachers and coaches were able to collaborate on Google Meet using breakout rooms. Students were excited to have this opportunity to do challenging math problems with friends again,” shared Schlichter. “It was great to be a part of a team of administrators, teachers and coaches that really cared about making this a great experience for our students.”
To watch the Facebook LIVE feed for the 7th and 8th grade “Lightning Rounds” and award presentation, visit:https://www.facebook.com/
8th Grade MathCounts Top 9 Award Winners
Pictured Left to Right- Isabella Wu, Jonah Kozioziemski, Amelia Paradise, Thaarak Sriram, Ishita Bhadra, Aarav Mehts, Shrish Premkrishna, Hastin Chen, Audrey Manley