Sharp-Minded Students will put Pencil to Paper to Win State Math Contest this Month.
The practices are over. They qualified to represent their school. They survived the grueling chapter competitions. Now, the state finals are upon us.
Come 9:00 AM on Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, 165 middle school students representing 51 schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will compete in the 2014 MATHCOUNTS “State” Competition at the Holiday Inn on Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville. These students are advancing from chapter competitions that were held February 15th and 22nd, 2014 at 13 different locations across Kentucky.
Besides receiving trophies, T-shirts, and certificates, the top four students will win four-year, full tuition college scholarships to either the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville* and an expenses-paid trip to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Florida on May 8-11, 2013, where they will represent KENTUCKY for the national title and individually compete for additional scholarships, a trip to US Space Camp, medals, and more. Students who place fifth through tenth on March 22 will receive an annual tuition scholarship of $1,500 per year for four years at either of the universities listed above. (*Five years if the student attends U of L and majors in engineering.)
MATHCOUNTS was founded in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Insurance Company, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is celebrating its 31st year. It is estimated that this year over 250,000 students nationally and 9,000 students in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be exposed to MATHCOUNTS through the classroom, home study, or private coaching experiences.
MATHCOUNTS represents the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) on-going commitment to encourage 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to strengthen skills in math, science, leadership, and teamwork. Engineers hope to impress such skills to students as essential to their future academic and professional careers. Students compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced, oral matches designed to stimulate their exposure to a wide range of mathematics.
KSPE, headquartered in Frankfort, Kentucky, sponsors the MATHCOUNTS program through its non-profit, education-based corporation, the Kentucky Engineering Foundation, Inc. The program is operated and administered by volunteers from the engineering community with financial support by many companies, individuals, and organizations.
The program would not be possible without our supporters so a big “Thank you!” is in order to the many companies and individuals that contribute. Among the Kentucky supporters, are the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University, which provide the scholarships. Other financial supporters include: American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky, Kentuckiana Post Society of American Military Engineers, Stantec Consulting Services, Zoeller Pumps, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., Strand Associates, Palmer Engineering, and Kentucky American Water, to name a few.
Kentucky’s MATHCOUNTS program is one of the most successful in the United States with several Top Ten success stories, including having the 1995 National Champion. The program succeeds by making math achievement as challenging, exciting, and important as a school sport. “Mathletes” prepare all year to compete individually and in teams.
Marcie Fisher, State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator
Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
160 Democrat Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502/695-5680; 800/455-5573
Email: [email protected]