On February 3, GDS once again hosted the regional Mathcounts competition, which brought 91 middle school students from 9 schools to campus for a day of competition. Mathcounts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four fun, in-person “bee” style contests.
A group of students has been preparing for months through the middle school BEAT program, and six students represented GDS at the competition: Jack Chien ’28, Caroline Good ’28, Jerry Luo ’28, Kethan Penumalli ’28, Andrew Szott ’28, and Sora Vermeesch ’29. Congratulations to Jerry Luo, who qualified to compete in the Countdown Round, a head-to-head competition focusing on speed and accuracy.
The Mathcounts competition is sponsored by The North Piedmont Chapter of Professional Engineers of North Carolina. Thanks to Kristin Kirkman-Hall for organizing the competition, in partnership with local engineer James Chandler. Our volunteers included local engineers as well as GDS faculty, staff, and students from the Mu Alpha Theta honor society and the National Honor Society.
A special thanks to Kathy Davis, David Gilbert, Sunny Lawson, Cheryl Love, Cindy Stan, and Happy Waller—former and retired faculty members who volunteered their time to help with the competition (pictured below with current teachers Trish Morris and Carol Williams).