Middle school mathletes from St. Croix schools will compete in the local competition of the national MATHCOUNTS program at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Good Hope gymnasium. “About 100 students representing 10 district schools will be engaged in mathematical calculations and problem solving,” said Juanita Boneque, district mathematics coordinator. “Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the fall.” Schools participating are: Elena L. Christian Jr. High, Good Hope, Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary, John H. Woodson Jr. High, Ricardo Richards Elementary, IQRA Academy, Church of God Holiness Academy, St. Croix Country Day, Manor and St. Patrick’s Catholic School.
Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Mathematical subjects to be covered are algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners will receive certificates and trophies, and will advance to the State MATHCOUNTS finals to be held on St. Croix on March 29.
MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. 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 medical, scientific, mathematical engineering or technical career.
Local sponsors of the MATHCOUNTS are St. Croix Mid-Isle Rotary Club and the Department of Education.
For more information on MATHCOUNTS, contact Juanita Boneque at 778-1600, ext. 7054 or on the Internet at www.mathcounts.org