Middle School Students Gear up for Competition Across the Nation

ALEXANDRIA, VA – March 4, 2011 — Middle school Mathletes® across the nation will compete this month for the right to represent their state in the 2011 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C. this May.

Students qualified for their respective MATHCOUNTS State Competitions when they or their school team won local competitions in February by correctly solving problems such as:

If Kenton walks for 60 minutes at the rate of 3 mph and then runs for 15 minutes at the rate of 8 mph, how many miles will he travel?

If a fly is buzzing randomly around a room 8 ft long, 12 ft wide and 10 ft high, what is the probability that, at any given time, the fly is within 6 feet of the ceiling? Express your answer as a common fraction.

The top four Mathletes from each state will advance to the 2011 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition as a team or as individuals, and will compete for the national title against other talented middle school mathematicians representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and schools from the Department of Defense and State Department. The 2011 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition will be held at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 6.

“It is incredible to watch these students display such passion and dedication towards mathematics,” said Lou DiGioia, executive director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. “These Mathletes represent our future in an increasingly important math literate global economy. MATHCOUNTS is honored to support the efforts of U.S. middle school students in developing strong mathematical abilities and the critical-thinking skills necessary to help the nation move forward with innovative solutions to our challenges in the coming years.”

The MATHCOUNTS State Competitions will take place as follows below. If you do not see your state listed, please visit www.mathcounts.org/competitiondates:

March 5, 2011

Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: NCED Conference Center, Norman, Okla.

Contact: Sheri Penner, (405) 528-1435 or sheri@ospe.org


Rhode Island MATHCOUNTS State Competition

 Location: CCRI Knight Campus, Lower Commons, Warwick, R.I. Contact: Paul Bannon, (401) 486-8829 or pbannon@cox.net

March 7, 2011

North Dakota MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Archana Mehta 703.299.9006 x108

Location: Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Dakota Ballroom, Bismarck, N.D. Contact: Brad Kurle, (701) 221-4546 or kurle@wapa.gov

March 12, 2011

Illinois MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Matteson Hotel, Ballroom, Matteson, Ill.

Contact: Suzanne Baase, (217) 528-3434 or suzannebaase@illinoisengineer.com

Ohio MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Columbus State Community College, Delaware Hall Gym, Columbus, Ohio Contact: Holly Ross, (614) 223-1177 or pr@ohioengineer.com

Washington MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Microsoft, Building 33, Redmond, Wash.

Contact: Doug Hendrickson, P.E., (509) 531-0727 or doughend@aol.com

Colorado MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: University of Denver, Driscoll Center, Denver, Colo.

Contact: Noelle Cochran, (303) 796-4611 or noelle_cochran@urscorp.com

New Hampshire MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Plymouth State University, Hyde Hall Auditorium, Plymouth, N.H. Contact: Benjamin Pratt, (603) 588-6740

March 18, 2011

North Carolina MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: North Carolina School of Science & Math, Durham, N.C. Contact: Suzane Sessoms, (910) 520-3641 or GTMeister1@aol.com

Iowa MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Drake University, Olmsted Center, Des Moines, Iowa Contact: Jo Ann Rankin, (515) 284-7055 or ies@iaengr.org

March 19, 2011

Nebraska MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: University of Nebraska, East Campus Student Union, Lincoln, Neb. Contact: J.R. Bartunek, (402) 436-4191 or jim.bartunek@windstream.com

Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Harrisburg, Pa.

Contact: Jennifer Summers, (717) 411-6051 or jennifer@wannerassoc.com

March 25, 2011

Florida MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Hilton Orlando, Crystal Ballroom, Altamonte Springs, Fla. Contact: Scott Johnson, (904) 721-1888 or scott@sjcengineers.com

Georgia MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Georgia Institute of Technology, Student Center, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: Roger Grabman, ga-mathcounts@earthlink.net

March 26, 2011

Kentucky MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Clarion Hotel, Lexington, Ky.

Contact: Sam King, (859) 223-2100 or sking@entran.us

Mississippi MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Clinton Junior High School, Clinton, Miss.

Contact: Matthew Ware, (601) 928-7277 or mware@prvepa.com

New Mexico MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: UNM Continuing Education Center, Albuquerque, N.M. Contact: Karen Jacobsen, (505) 205-0308 or kjacobsen@whpacific.com

Wyoming MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: University of Wyoming, College of Engineering & Applied Science, Laramie, Wyo. Contact: Jeffrey Anderson, (307) 766-3180 or janderso@uwyo.edu

Vermont MATHCOUNTS State Competition

Location: Vermont Technical College, Judd Auditorium, Randolph, Vt. Contact: Dawn Densmore, (802) 656-8748 or densmore@cems.uvm.edu


MATHCOUNTS is the nation’s premier middle school math enrichment and competition program. To secure America’s global competitiveness, MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle schools students through fun and challenging math programs. Beyond the challenge of learning new skills, the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program (school, local, state and national) provides students with fun-filled opportunities to focus on mathematics. Each year, more than 100,000 students from over 6,000 schools register to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program and vie for prizes and scholarships, as well as the opportunity to advance to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition. Students of all abilities thoroughly enjoy the experience and develop mathematical aptitude, self-confidence and teamwork skills.

At the state and local level, sponsors and volunteers from the National Society of Professional Engineers support MATHCOUNTS. At the national level, Raytheon Company, National Defense Education Program, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, ThinkFun, Texas Instruments Incorporated and 3M Foundation generously sponsor MATHCOUNTS. The National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation founded MATHCOUNTS in 1983.


Raytheon Company is the title sponsor of the 2011 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition and has made a commitment to serve in this capacity until 2014.

Raytheon’s support of MATHCOUNTS is a component of its MathMovesU program, an initiative designed to engage U.S. middle school students in math and science through interactive learning programs, contests, events, scholarships, tutoring programs and more. Since its inception in 2005, MathMovesU has touched the lives of more than 1 million students, teachers and parents. For more information, please visit MathMovesU.com.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS and the 2011 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition is available at www.mathcounts.org. For more information on each MATHCOUNTS State Competition, and to find out when doors open to the public for the Countdown Round, please contact a MATHCOUNTS State Coordinator listed above.

Answers to Sample Problems: 5 miles, 3/5

Editor’s Note: Interested in more samples of the types of math problems these students will be solving? The problems and answers from prior School, Chapter and State Competitions are available at https://mathcounts.org/Page.aspx?pid=295 or contact us for a one page sample of representative math problems.

Honorary Chairman

William H. Swanson

Chairman and CEO Raytheon Company

National Sponsors

Raytheon Company

National Defense Education Program

Northrop Grumman Foundation

National Society of Professional Engineers

CNA Foundation ThinkFun

Texas Instruments Incorporated

3M Foundation

Founding Sponsors

National Society of Professional Engineers

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

CNA Foundation

Inspiring Excellence Through Math

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Archana Mehta 703.299.9006 x108

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Friday, March 4, 2011