PUBLISHED: 3:27 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Local 'mathletes' compete in regional contest

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  The Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School team, from left, Colter Hanna, Maya Rieselbach, Ryan McCusker, Ryan Doogan and coach Dawn Momblow.
A team of middle school Mathletes from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition held Feb. 10..

MATHCOUNTS competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

A total of twenty five students from three middle schools competed in the MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition. The three schools were from the Juneau area: Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, and the Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program. Each school had one official team of three or four students participating and in addition, Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School and Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program brought fourteen additional students competing as official and unofficial individuals. Only official contestants are eligible for the State Competition.

Teachers, coaches and students have been preparing for the competition since early fall. Students competed in written and fast-paced oral matches in subjects, which include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners received prizes and trophies.

Members of the winning team from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School coached by Dawn Momblow are Colter Hanna (first place individual), Ryan McCusker (second place individual), Ryan Doogan (fourth place individual), and Maya Rieselbach (fifth place individual). The team will now advance to the state competition March 10, in Fairbanks.

In addition to the top team, the top two individuals not on the qualifying team will advance to the state competition. Those individuals are Ethan Roemling (third place individual) from Floyd Dryden Middle School and Elizabeth Ringle (sixth place individual) from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School.

The second place team from Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program was coached by Craig Wilson and the third place team from Floyd Dryden Middle School was coached by Sandi Pahlke.

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. Sponsors target sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.

MATHCOUNTS is a volunteer non-profit organization. National sponsors cover expenses at the national competition, but all state and chapter competition expenses are funded locally. The costs of promoting academic excellence are considerable and made possible with support of local sponsors, including Carson Dorn, Inc., Electric Power Systems, Inc., Gorman Engineers, Haight & Associates, Inc., Jensen Yorba Lott, Inc., MRV Architects, Murray & Associates, P. C., PND Engineering Inc., R & M Engineering-Juneau, R & M Engineering-Ketchikan, Randy Bayliss, P.E., Tetra Tech/KCM, Inc., Toner-Nordling & Associates, Inc., & Wilson Engineering. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

For more information, contact Douglas Murray, P.E., Southeast Alaska MATHCOUNTS coordinator, at 780-6151.