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The Middle School MathCounts team on Saturday, February 4 took 7th place (out of 34 teams) in the Baltimore/Chesapeake Chapter MathCounts Competition. The Friends team, comprised of 8th graders Eva Mammen, Luke Rollfinke, Dan Musachio, and Carter Hollins, will now advance to the Maryland State MathCounts Competition on March 18 at Johns Hopkins University. Only the top eight teams and the top 63 individuals (of the 251 competing in the Chapter) qualify for the state competition. The Chapter Competition is comprised of middle schools in Baltimore City as well as Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, and Howard Counties. This is the 30th time in the last 32 years that Friends has qualified for States. The last time we did so was in 2014.

In addition to the aforementioned foursome, 8th graders Joseph Badros, Manny Sachs-Kohen, Will Crosby, Henry Geller, and Joshua Mizrachi as well as 7th grader Logan Sampath competed as individuals. Seventh graders Alex House and Minea Stayman participated unofficially. 

About the contest:
The written portion of any MathCounts contest consists of three rounds, including two Individual rounds and one Team round.

Individual Round
Individual scores are determined by combining the scores on two rounds.
• The Sprint, a written test of computational skills on which calculators are not allowed;
• The Target, a written test of lengthier, more difficult problems, for which calculators are permitted.

Sprint round: Eva Mammen led the Quakers with 41 out of 46 points to tie for 21st place with five other mathletes; following Eva were Luke Rollfinke, 40 pts – 28th place; Dan Musachio, 39 pts – 39th; and Carter Hollins, 37 pts – 64th.

Target round: Each of the four mathletes scored 14 of a possible 16 points. This was the third best performance by any of the 34 teams in the competition.

Team Round
Friends tied for the 7th highest score in this round solving seven of the 10 problems correctly.

Observations from John Watt, Middle School math teacher: “The scoring was so close that had the Friends team gotten one more team question correct, we would have finished 5th and if we had gotten one more team question incorrect, we would have finished 9th and would not have qualified for the State Competition."

The team will continue to practice twice each week over the next month to prepare for the State Competition. Wish them luck!

About MathCounts: The MathCounts program was started in the early 1980’s by the National Society of Professional Engineers in order to stimulate 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students’ interest and achievement in mathematics.” More than 7,000 schools nationwide annually participate; Friends has been involved since the program’s early days. Twice (most recently in 1994) Friends has placed second in the state of Maryland, and on three occasions individual Friends students, with the last being Jon Rubin ‘04, have placed high enough to represent the state at the National Competition.
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