Mulberry, Fla (February 6, 2023) — A team of middle school Mathletes®️ from Lawton Chiles Middle Academy (Lakeland) won the local MATHCOUNTS competition held on Saturday, February 4 in Mulberry. The top individual competitor was Johan Bijiyos, of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy (Lakeland).
Members of the winning team from Lawton Chiles Middle Academy are: Johan Bijiyos, Adrian Hernandez Vega, Liam Maloney, and Siddharth Sivakumar. The team will now advance to the State Competition, to be held in Orlando on March 10th.
The second and third place teams are All Saints Academy (Winter Haven) and Jewett Academy Middle School (Winter Haven, respectively. All Saints Academy will also advance to the State Competition.
In addition, Nathan Boyd of Frostproof Middle / Senior High School (Frostproof) and Van Louis Montilla of Jewett Academy Middle School (Winter Haven) will also participate as individuals at the State Competition.
Nearly 100 Mathletes®️ from the following schools participated in the Ridge Chapter Competition: All Saints Academy (Winter Haven); Crystal Lake Middle School (Lakeland); Daniel Jenkins Academy (Haines City); Frostproof Middle-Senior High School (Frostproof); Jewett Academy Middle School (Winter Haven); Lakeland Highlands Middle School (Lakeland); Lawton Chiles Middle Academy (Lakeland); Mulberry Middle School (Mulberry); Resurrection Catholic School (Lakeland); Southwest Middle School (Lakeland); and Union Academy (Bartow).
In our increasingly technological society, those 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. As a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program.
The local program is sponsored by: Right Trailers, Inc. (Title Sponsor); Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation; Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.; The Florida Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration; and Dewberry. Leadership of the local MATHCOUNTS program is provided by Mark Frederick of the Florida Engineering Society Ridge Chapter.
Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at www.mathcounts.org.
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