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Rockwood students perform well in math competition

By: Bonnie Krueger

Earlier this year, students from three Rockwood School District middle schools competed in the regional MATHCOUNTS Competition at St. Louis Community College in Florissant.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. 

Crestview, Rockwood South and Selvidge students performed well among over 200 students from around the region.

At Crestview, nine students competed in the regional round. The team of Alex Chen, Lawrence Liu, Merrick Zheng and Himanth Bobba earned a third-place finish, which qualified them for the State MATHCOUNTS Team Competition.

Individually, Liu finished in sixth place and Zheng in seventh place. Liu also earned first place in the countdown round.

At the state tournament in Columbia, Missouri, the team of Chen, Zheng and Liu and Pragun Khullar, earned third place.
From Rockwood South Middle, Michelle Serrano placed in the top 25 percent in the individual competition. Michael Serrano, Justin Miller, Allison Peng and Ethan Holtzman placed fourth in team competition and moved on to place at the state competition. Students Abhinav Kothakota, Jacob Schreiner and Calvin Lackey also competed.

At the state level, the Rockwood South team placed ninth and Serrano placed in the top 12.
Students from Selvidge Middle also competed in the regional competition. Math teacher Kim McCoy said, “Our students did exceptionally well. They just missed the cut-off for advancing to the state round. The competition was fierce!”

Crestview Middle MATHCOUNTS team

Rockwood South Middle MATHCOUNTS team

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