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Education Notes: Orange Grove students win middle school MATHCOUNTS competition

Education Notes: Orange Grove students win middle school MATHCOUNTS competition
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A team of “mathletes” from Orange Grove Middle School won the Southern Arizona Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition, and will move on to the state competition.

Members of the winning team are Nathan Kuo, Simon Rubin-Toles, Noah Wellman, Alexandra Zega and coach Chris Newton.

The second- and third-place teams were from BASIS Tucson North and The Gregory School, respectively.

The top individual score was by Sai Konkimalla of BASIS Oro Valley, followed by Brycklen Arnold of Sonoran Science Academy in second place and Nathan Kuo of Orange Grove Middle School in third place.

In all, 34 students from 12 local schools advanced to the state-level MATHCOUNTS Competition, which will be held March 24 in Phoenix.

Tucson-area schools that will be represented at state include: Orange Grove Middle School, BASIS Tucson North, The Gregory School, BASIS Oro Valley, Sonoran Science Academy, Coronado K-8 School, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Emily Gray Junior High School, Sonoran Science Academy on Broadway, Tucson Hebrew Academy, Old Vail Middle School and Amphitheater Middle School.

Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the fall. Students compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches.

Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.

Winners of the state competition will advance to the national MATHCOUNTS Competition to be held in May in Washington, D.C.

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