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Students will vie for a trip to nationals

Miranda Felton makes a mental calculation Friday while compeing in the Regional Math Counts competition held at Rochester Community and Technical College. Felton is from Cannon Falls.

A team of middle school "mathletes" from Kellogg Middle School of Rochester won the Southeast Minnesota Mathcounts competition Friday.

Members of the winning team are Albert Lin, David Kong, Henry Wang and Colin Weber. The team is coached by Xianshu Wang.

A team from Friedell Middle School in Rochester was second. Members of the team are Peter Hansel, Jiwon Kim, Nikhil Marda and Alex Ngov. The Friedell team is coached by Greg Schoenbeck.

A rookie team from Stewartville Middle School coached by Stephanie Affeldt placed third out of the 14 teams competing.

Henry Wang of Kellogg Middle School won the individual competition. Peter Hansel of Friedell Middle School was second, Colin Weber of Kellogg Middle School took third, and Matt Moskal of Cannon Falls Middle School was fourth.


Members of the Kellogg and Friedell teams and Matt Moskal of Cannon Falls advance to the state finals, which will be March 23-24 in Plymouth. They will compete as individuals to advance to the national finals, which will be in May at Disneyworld in Orlando, Fla.

Additionally, Henry Wang won the countdown round; Matt Moskal came in second. The countdown round is a college bowl format tournament where the top-scoring 16 mathletes compete one-on-one until all but one are eliminated.

Mathcounts is a nationwide math coaching and competition program designed to improve students' math skills. Students compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Sponsors target middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.

The local competition is sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers and Rochester Community and Technical College.

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