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March 17, 2014 — Qingfeng Li, a seventh-grade student at Laramie Junior High School, won first place at the recent 2014 Wyoming State Mathcounts competition at the University of Wyoming. Li won the contest last year while competing for Spring Creek Elementary School.
Antonina Klata, a seventh-grader at Rock Springs Junior High School, finished in second place; seventh-grader Emily Zhang of Laramie Junior High School won third place; and Colin Murcray, an eighth-grader at Rock Springs Junior High School, placed fourth.
Laramie Junior High won the team competition, followed by Rock Springs Junior High and Powell Middle School.
Li, Klata, Zhang and Murcray make up this year's Wyoming state team, which will compete at nationals May 9 in Orlando, Fla. This year's head coach is Dennis Rimmasch, a Laramie Junior High School teacher.
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). He says Mathcounts offers fun and challenging math programs to expand academic and professional opportunities for middle school students of all ability and interest levels.
The Wyoming Society of Professional Engineers, American Public Works Association-Rocky Mountain Chapter, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 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, Phillips 66, U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman, Art of Problem Solving and Next Thought.
Coach Dennis Rimmasch of Laramie poses with the team that will represent Wyoming at the national Mathcounts competition May 9 in Orlando, Fla. From left are Emily Zhang, Laramie; Antonina Klatka and Colin Murcray, Rock Springs; and Qingfeng Li, Laramie. (CEAS Photo)