Competition increases for 2015 DoDEA Pacific “Mathletes”

by Lawrence Torres III, Department of Defense Education Activity - Pacific
DoDEA Pacific

OKINAWA, Japan — More than 80 students from 22 DoDEA Pacific schools in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea participated in the MATHCOUNTS 2015 Pacific Chapter Competition on Feb. 4.

MATHCOUNTS is a national coaching and competition program that is designed to inspire sixth through eighth grade students toward higher academic achievement in mathematics.  Furthermore, it encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology and math.

MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. According to a MATHCOUNTS press release, more than 125,000 students representing more than 7,000 schools register annually to participate in MATHCOUNTS programs.

Each participating school’s team of four students is challenged by a variety of mathematics problems in algebra, geometry and discreet math. This year, the contest was administered via three written assessment sessions.  These assessments were then sent to the DoDEA Pacific MATHCOUNTS facilitator, Denise Hudson, who serves as the DoDEA Guam District secondary math and science instruction system specialist.

“This is the first year that all Pacific school students in grades six to eight were encouraged to participate,” said Hudson. “This resulted in an additional seven elementary schools being added to our participating middle schools this year.”

DoDEA Pacific and DoDEA Europe, recognized as one state by MATHCOUNTS, will hold a joint state competition March 19 to determine top qualifiers. The individual and team state-level winners will move on to compete in the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition May 7-10 in Boston.

DoDEA Pacific Team Results (Advance to DoDDS State 2015 MATHCOUNTS Competition):
• Edgren Middle/High School, Japan: Annette Belleman, Kenji Hokoana, Nevan Narcis, Breana Nham and coach Mark Van Zweden
• Seoul Middle School, South Korea: Avery Eun, Daniel Lee, Joshua Lovejoy, Seraph Tait and coach Sallie Yoon
• Yokota Middle School, Japan: Clayton Krumm, Keon O'Brien, Connor Pinard, Taryn Trigler and coach Troy Oliver

DoDEA Pacific Individual Results (Advances to DoDDS State 2015 MATHCOUNTS Competition):
• Luc Tamez, Yokosuka Middle School (Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan)

2015 Pacific Chapter Competition results
Top 40% Teams (alphabetical):

• E.J. King High School, Japan
• Osan Middle School, South Korea
• Edgren Middle/High School, Japan
• Seoul American Middle School, South Korea
• Sollars Elementary School, Japan
• Yokosuka Middle School, Japan
• Yokota Middle School, Japan

Top 25% Individuals (alphabetical):
• Charles Anderson, Ryukyu Middle School, Okinawa
• Annette Belleman, Edgren Middle/High School, Japan
• Alana Brooks-Murphy, Yokosuka Middle School, Japan
• Avery Eun, Seoul American Middle School, South Korea
• Joshua Farless, Sollars Elementary School, Japan
• Wester Gapasangra, E.J. King High School, Japan
• Ethan Garcia, Yokosuka Middle School, Japan
• Katelyn Hackworth, M.C. Perry High School, Japan
• Kenji Hokoana, Edgren Middle/High School, Japan
• Bryce Jersey, Osan American Middle School, South Korea
• Daniel Lee, Seoul American Middle School, South Korea
• Joshua Lovejoy, Seoul American Middle School, South Korea
• Keon O’Brien, Yokota Middle School, Japan
• Connor Pinard, Yokota Middle School, Japan
• Caitlyn Shrewsbury, Yokota Middle School, Japan
• Luc Tamez, Yokosuka Middle School, Japan
• Seraph Tait, Seoul American Middle School, South Korea
• Taryn Trigler, Yokota Middle School, Japan
• Cyrus Uedoi, M.C. Perry High School, Japan
• Emma Westhoff, Zama American Middle School, Japan

The following DoDEA Guam District Team also qualified in a separate competition to advance to the Guam State 2015 MATHCOUNTS Competition:
• McCool Elementary/Middle School: Joshua Bamba, Gabrielle Kranz, Connor Horton, Alexander Sanchez and coach Rhoda Bamba


The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.


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