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Students Win Local Math Competition

Posted 02/06/2017
Submitted by Ann Lankford
Category: Campus Announcements

CETA sponsored the 2017 Hartford Chapter Mathcounts Competition on February 4. Associate Professor Mako E. Haruta, chair of the departments of mathematics and physics presented Number Patterns and Problem Solving. A team of middle school Mathletes® from Avon Middle School in Avon won the 2017 Hartford Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at the University of Hartford on Feb 4.  Members of the winning team are Krishna Cheemalapati, Luke Choi, Christina He and Shreya Sinha, and coach Michael Netkovick.

The second, third and fourth place teams are Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington, Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor and West Woods Elementary School in Farmington, respectively.  There were 234 Mathletes from 26 schools competing at the event.

The top individual was Aresh Pourkavoos from Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon.

The second, third and fourth place individuals are Aryan Kalia from Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor, Nithin Joshy from Irving A. Robbins in Farmington and Luke Choi from Avon Middle School in Avon, respectively.

The top 25% participating (25% teams plus individuals not on a winning team) will now advance to the State Competition, to be held at the University of Hartford on March 11. The top four individual winners at the State Competition will advance to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to be held in Orlando, Florida, May 13-16.

The following is a list of schools that will be represented by either a team and/or an individual(s) at the State competition:

Albert D. Griswold Middle School, Rocky Hill
Avon Middle School, Avon
Ellington Middle School, Ellington
Granby Memorial Middle School, Granby
Henry James Memorial School, Simsbury
Irving Robbins Middle School, Farmington
King Philip Middle School, West Hartford
Renbrook School, West Hartford
Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford
Smith Middle School, Glastonbury
Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon
Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor
Watkinson School, Hartford
West Woods Elementary School, Farmington 

The top Mathlete in the Countdown Round was Aresh Pourkavoos from Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon. The Countdown Round is a fast-paced oral competition for the top-scoring sixteen individuals. In this round, pairs of Mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems.

In our increasingly technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. As the only nationwide math enrichment, club and competition program designed to improve math skills for U.S. middle school students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in MATHCOUNTS programs in the last 33 years.

The competition is organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, hosted by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture and sponsored by businesses and individuals in the greater Hartford area.

The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, Phillips 66, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3Mgives, Art of Problem Solving and NextThought.  MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at

Contact: Richard Olsowy, PE
Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers
Hartford Chapter & CT State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator
(860) 528-2066