The Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS competitions were held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 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 one at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was for the Northern VA Chapter Area. These chapters include schools in Fairfax and Arlington counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax City and Vienna.

More than 450 sixth through eighth grade students from 55 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 are the following schools, team members and coach:

  • Fairfax Chapter

  • Nysmith School (Shwetark Patel, Shaan Bhandarkar, Akshaj Kadaveru, Ajit Kadaveru. coach: JoMarie Broccoli)

  • Rocky Run Middle School (Jushua Lee, William Li, Minsuk Kang, Edward Sun. coach: Melanie Roller)

  • Rachel Carson Middle School (Lillian Wang, Sujay Ratna, Kavya Kopparapu, Ruiran Xun. coach: Angie Cahill)

  • George Washington Chapter

  • Sangster Elementary School (Jerry Li, Jenny Li, David Sun, Joon Mun. coach: James Sun)

  • Saint Bernadette School (Christopher Nguyen, Emily Shin, Sheridan Monroe, Danny McGarvey. coach: Lorraine Lichtenberger)

  • Mark Twain Middle School (Vandana Subramanian, Ayman Slamani, Lydia You, Mekedas Belayneh. coach: Rachel Moneypenny)

  • Northern VA Chapter

  • Longfellow Middle School (Aaditya Singh, Scott Becker, Franklyn Wang, William Sun, coach: Mary Jo Clark)

  • Luther Jackson Middle School (Wonwook Do, Spencer Durham, Joshua Sahaya Arul, Akrit Sinha. coach: Krystal Fung)

  • Haycock Elementary school (Sabrina Cai, Cathy Liang, Kathy Wu, Nicole Sim. coach: Mary Jo Clark)

The top scoring individuals in each chapter are the following:

  • Fairfax Chapter

  • Shwetark Patel, Nysmith School, coach: JoMarie Boccoli

  • Neeyanth Kopparapu, Floris Elementary School, coach: Gail Porter

  • Kyle Gatesman, Frost Middle School, coach: Maura Sleevi

  • Joshua Lee, Rocky Run Middle School, coach: Melanie Roller

  • George Washington Chapter

  • Jerry Li, Sangster Elementary School, coach: James Sun

  • Philip Phan, Holmes Middle School, coach: Pavan Krishnan

  • Jenny Li, Sangster Elementary School, coach: James Sun

  • Christopher Nguyen, Saint Bernadette School, coach: Lorraine Lichtenberger

  • Northern VA Chapter

  • Aaditya Singh, Longfellow Middle School, coach: Mary Jo Clark

  • Scott Becker, Longfellow Middle School, coach: Mary Jo Clark

  • Franklyn Wang, Longfellow Middle School, coach: Mary Jo Clark

  • Fred Zhang, Longfellow Middle School, coach: Mary Jo Clark

The top two teams and top four individuals that are not on the top two teams from the Fairfax Chapter, and the winning team and top two individuals that are not on the winning team each from George Washington and Northern Virginia Chapters will advance to compete at the Virginia State MATHCOUNTS competition to be held on March 15 at the Dominion Power facility in Glen Allen, Va.

Additional information on the national MATHCOUNTS program is available at and local information at