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Students Shine at MathCounts Competition
Students Shine at MathCounts Competition
Posted on 01/10/2020
A collage showing winners from Friday's MathCounts Competition.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Dozens of “mathletes” held a friendly computational competition at the Buncombe County Schools Central Office on Friday.

Sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders from all seven BCS middle schools and one intermediate school participated in this year’s MathCounts competition. They tackled individual and team challenges, racing the clock to solve as many math problems as possible.

"Putting over 100 middle school students in two rooms to work on complex and non-routine mathematical problems is quite a sight to see," said K-12 Mathematics Specialist Ms. Stefanie Buckner. "These students worked so diligently both individually and as teams and answered over 1,200 individual math problems correct.

Students worked to solve 30 questions individually without a calculator in the first round. During the next “rapid fire” round, they had 6 minutes to solve each of four sets of math problems. Students then worked with their teams of four in the final round to solve ten complex problems in under 20 minutes.

"It is really neat to see all our students come together as 'Buncombe County' students to show off their math competition skills together," Ms. Buckner said. "These students couldn't perform on these complex problems without the excellent and dedicated team sponsors they work with at each of their school locations. Our amazing teacher-sponsors meet with these students before and after school hours to do challenging math problems together in order to prepare for MathCounts event."

The next event for some of these mathletes is the regional MathCounts tournament on Feb. 1 at T.C. Roberson High School, where they will compete against students from across Western North Carolina. The regional event is fully sponsored by the Professional Engineers of North Carolina - Western Group.

Congratulations to all of our mathletes on a job well done!


- First place: Everett Tucker, North Buncombe Middle
- Second place: Jacob Quade, North Windy Ridge Intermediate
- Third place: Sienna Charlier, North Buncombe Middle

Team results
- First place: North Buncombe Middle School Team A (Sophie Banks, Katie Johnson, Kyra Sowell, Everett Tucker)
- Second place: Valley Springs Middle School Team A (Molly Berlin, Paul Curran, Mackenzie Jordan, Eli Simms)
- Third place: Valley Springs Middle School Team C (Jacob Fender, Meredith Kilpatrick, Derek Ray, Eli Sponder)

Individual results
- Top eighth-grade female: Katie Johnson, North Buncombe Middle
- Top eighth-grade male: Everett Tucker, North Buncombe Middle
- Top 10 eighth-grade finishes (alphabetical order): Nathan Cohan, Paul Curran, Jack Dahlberg, Robert Gay, Mason Grant, Katie Johnson, Evan Oldenburg, Michael Quintanilla, Jordan Reed, Eli Simms, Everett Tucker

- Top seventh-grade female: Sienna Charlier, North Buncombe Middle
- Top seventh-grade male: Sam Strimple, Cane Creek Middle
- Top 10 seventh-grade finishes (alphabetical order): Sophie Banks, Sienna Charlier, Garrison Davis, Isaac Douthitt, Mason Grant, Mackenzie Jordan, Meredith Kilpatrick, Quinton Perdue, Caleb Rhinehart, Caylee Smart, Sam Strimple

- Top sixth-grade female: Cahill MacEachern, North Windy Ridge Intermediate
- Top sixth-grade male: Jacob Quade, North Windy Ridge Intermediate
- Top 10 sixth-grade finishes (alphabetical order): Trent Clark, James Crandall, Isaac Golden, Makenna Kurlander, Cahill MacEachern, Leslie Otis, Jacob Quade, Cayden Rejzer, Jackson Warnock, Utah Werner

Special thanks to K-12 Mathematics Specialist Ms. Stefanie Buckner for sharing this year's results.

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