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March 19, 2013 — Qingfeng Li, a sixth-grade student at Laramie’s Spring Creek Elementary School, won first place at the 2013 Wyoming State Mathcounts competition at the University of Wyoming.
Joy Smith of Gillette’s Twin Spruce Junior High School finished in second place; Lucia Cho of Laramie Junior High School won third place; and Kelby Kramer of Rock Springs Junior High School placed fourth.
Pinedale Middle School won the team competition, followed by Rock Springs Junior High, Twin Spruce Junior High and Powell Middle School.
Li, Smith, Cho and Kramer make up this year's Wyoming state team that will compete at nationals May 9-12 in Washington, D.C. This year's head coach is Steve Miller from Pinedale Middle School.
Open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, Mathcounts helps students understand how math is important to solve problems in everyday life, says Jeff Anderson, state Mathcounts coordinator in the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS).
The Wyoming Society of Professional Engineers, American Public Works Association-Rocky Mountain Chapter and the CEAS sponsor the state competition.
National sponsors are Raytheon Company, CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3M Foundation, Conoco Phillips, National Defense Education Program, Northrop Grumman, ThinkFun Inc. and Next Thought.
Laramie’s Qingfeng Li won first place at the 2013 Wyoming State Mathcounts competition at the University of Wyoming. (Todd Anderson Photo)