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Student Mathletes compete in state MATHCOUNTS competition

Mar 28, 2019

History was made today at the Montana 2019 State MATHCOUNTS Competition when Edward Guthrie from Gallatin Valley Homeschool earned a place on the Montana’s National MATHCOUNTS Team for the third year in a row. Edward won this privilege as a 6th, 7th, and now 8th grade student. Only once before in the past 35 years has any Montana MATHCOUNTS student won this title all three years of their middle school career.

MATHCOUNTS testingTeams of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student Mathletes from Montana middle schools competed in the State MATHCOUNTS Competition on Friday, March 15th at MT Tech in Butte. The top 102 math students in Montana from 32 middle schools participated. The highest four individual scorers, and the coach of the winning team, won an all-expense paid trip to the National MATHCOUNTS Competition to be held in Orlando on May 11th.

Edward Guthrie from Gallatin Valley Homeschool, Yuan Du from Missoula Washington Middle School, Cadien Archer from Lewis and Clark (Billings), and Jonas Zeiler from Lewis and Clark (Billings) won the top honors at the State Competition this year. These four students, along with Billings Lewis and Clark math coach Lisa Scott will represent Montana as our official state team at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition in Orlando in May.

The top teams this year were Billings Lewis and Clark, Gallatin Valley Homeschool, Missoula International School, Missoula Washington Middle School, and Billings Ben Steele Middle School.

According to Dan Munson, State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator for Montana, “This competition features the brightest middle school students in our state!” Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since September. The students train within their schools before starting the formal competition. The first level of the competition began in January and early February when the student Mathletes competed within their school to become a member of their school team. From there, 574 students from 66 middle schools competed at the regional level in February. Winners at the regional level received prizes and advanced to the State competition. The winners of this State Competition will advance to Orlando to represent Montana in the National MATHCOUNTS Competition and compete for individual and team titles against other top middle school math students representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and schools from the Department of Defense and State Department.

MATHCOUNTS is a combination math coaching and competition program. Students are tested on such topics as probability, statistics, linear algebra, and polynomials. The competition consists of written tests and a fast-paced oral match.

The purpose of the MATHCOUNTS program is to motivate middle school students in mathematics and interest them in technology related careers. It is designed to create interest and enthusiasm in mathematics by creating an environment similar to athletic programs, including intensive training, competition, teamwork and recognition. Widely recognized as an effective middle school mathematics coaching and competition program, 85% of MATHCOUNTS participants end up pursuing a career in a STEM related field. MATHCOUNTS has been equipping middle school students with math skills for 36 years.

The MATHCOUNTS program is organized by the National Society of Professional Engineers on a national level. Locally, MATHCOUNTS is organized by the Montana Society of Engineers, with local volunteer effort being provided by area engineers, students, and professionals.

Nationally since September, over 500,000 Mathletes have been using materials provided by the MATHCOUNTS Foundation to sharpen their math skills, with the help of their “coaches.”

More than six million students have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program since its inception in 1983. Over 17,000 MATHCOUNTS volunteers from the business and education communities annually organize and conduct the program in communities nationwide.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at

Just how hard is this math? Try the Problem of the Week on the MATHCOUNTS Web site,, and click on the site’s “Go Figure!” math challenge to really push your skills.

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