Area Students Excel at MATHCOUNTS Competitions

Area Students Excel at MATHCOUNTS Competitions

The Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS competitions were held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria. This year, because of the exceptionally large number of students participating, the Regional competition had to be split between two venues. The one held at Lake Braddock was a combined competition for VSPE’s Fairfax and George Washington Chapter Areas while the Northern VA Chapter Area was conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at their facility in Alexandria.

Over 450 sixth through eighth grade students from 52 elementary and middle schools competed at the events. These students have been practicing since the fall and were selected to represent their respective schools at the competitions. Students compete as school teams and as individuals.

The winning teams:

  • Fairfax Chapter (26 schools competing)

First place: Rocky Run Middle School; Coach: Melanie Roller; Students: Joshua Lee, William Li, Sydney Zheng, & Daniel Lee

Second place: Nysmith School; Coach: JoMarie Broccoli; Students: Akshaj Kadaveru, Shaan, Bhandarkar, Aaditya Singh, & Shwtark Patel

Third place: Rachel Carson Middle School, Coach: Angie Cahill, Students: Lillian Wang, Ju Yeon Lee, Lawrence Wang, & David Liu

  • George Washington Chapter (eight schools competing)

First place: Mark Twain Middle School; Coach: Rachel Moneypenny; Students: Caulton Wilson, Zachary Hayden, Peter Zhao, & Arnav Gupta

Second place: South County Middle School; Coach: Gina Evans; Students: Timothy Arndt, John Wilkie, Sarah Trans, & Michael Brockway

Third place: Carl Sandburg Middle School; Coach: Bob Scherer; Students: Emma Cuddy, Christopher Letai, Robby Scherer, & Olivia Scheidt

  • Northern Virginia Chapter (18 schools competing)

First place: Longfellow Middle School; Coach: Mary Jo Clark; Students: Franklyn Wang, Scott Becker, Alex Sun, & William Sun

Second place: Williamsburg Middle School; Coach: Kathy Noble; Students: Max Judish, Hannah Collins, Justin Lasker, & Leo Desruelle

Third place: Swanson Middle School; Coach: Laura Partridge; Students: William Xu, Ian Kelley, Sarkis Ter Martirosyan, & Eric Weiner

The top scoring individuals in each chapter:

  • Fairfax Chapter

First place: Pradyuta Padmanabhan, Edlin School

Second place: Akshaj Kadaveru, Nysmith School

Third place: Joshua Lee, Rocky Run Middle School

Fourth place: Shaan Bhandarkar, Nysmith School

  • George Washington Chapter

First place: Hanhsen Zhao, Mark Twain Middle School

Second place: Michaell Caballero, Queen of Apostles Catholic School

Third place: Timothy Arndt, South County Middle School

Fourth place: Emily Shin, St. Bernadette School

  • Northern Virginia Chapter

First place: Franklyn Wang, Longfellow Middle School

Second place: Scott Becker, Longfellow Middle School

Third place: Haoyuan Sun, Longfellow Middle School

Fourth place: Alex Sun, Longfellow Middle School

The winning team and top two individuals who are not on the winning team from each chapter will compete at the Virginia State MATHCOUNTS competition to be held on March 16, 2013 at the Dominion Power facility in Glen Allen, Va.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at