Altoona Area Junior High School

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Math Counts

Advisor: Mr. Trout 

All students in 7th and 8th grade, who love math and enjoy working on challenging math problems, are eligible for this organization. Students in this organization put their math skills to the test by working on challenging math problems. This helps them prepare for the local and state competitions they participate in. In order to practice and sharpen their math skills this organization meets weekly from September through February. The schedule is planned on a year-by-year basis to fit the convenience of the advisors.

The regional Math Counts competition is held in February at the Penn State Altoona Campus.
MATHCOUNTS competitions are designed to be completed in approximately 3 hours. Each competition consists of 4 parts: the Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Rounds. The Sprint Round has 30 questions, and students have 40 minutes to complete them. The Target Round consists of 8 questions, which are distributed to the students a pair at a time. Students have 6 minutes to complete each pair of problems. The Team Round (in teams of 4) has 10 problems for the team to work on together for 20 minutes. The top 25% of individuals, up to a maximum of 10, proceed to the Countdown Round, an oral round in which students compete head-to-head. 
 Entering into the Countdown Round, Samantha Abbott (Juniata Gap Elementary) entered at 8th place, Carson Ikner 7th place, and Elise Abbot 2nd place. Carson advanced from 7th place to battle teammate, Elise Abbott for the 2nd place spot. Elise came out on top and faced Holldiaysburgs Emily Zhu for first place.  
Scores for the team competition are averaged from the Sprint and Target rounds then added to the Team Round Scores placing AAJHS in the first place spot to advance to the State Competition March 11 in Hershey, PA.