Thursday March 29, 2018
For the eighth time in the last ten years, the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) MATHCOUNTS team won the Vermont State Championship. The event was held March 17 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. A national competition open to middle school students, MATHCOUNTS was started in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers as a way to encourage mathematical and scientific literacy in middle level students. This year’s team, comprising of Sriram Sethuraman, Sangmin Lee, Saksham Bhardwaj, and Kenny Chamberlain, not only took the state win, they finished as the top four competitors and will be competing at the MATHCOUNTS National Championship held in Washington D.C. mid-May.
John Radimer, who has been the MATHCOUNTS coach at FHTMS for close to three decades, said, “I was thrilled that all of the top four were from FHTMS.” He added, “For the first time ever, and I think the first time in Vermont MATHCOUNTS history, we had all four qualifiers, as well as the first alternate.” Radimer was excited to report that the first alternate and fifth place finisher was Simon Cafiero and that Anshuta Beeram also made the top twelve, finishing ninth.
Joseph Kudrle, senior lecturer at the University of Vermont’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the Vermont State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator. On hand for the FHTMS win, he said, “I love helping to run these competitions. It’s pretty cool to have a room full of 80 students erupt into a triumphant cheer when a math question is answered correctly by one of their peers.”
The 2018 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition will be held in Washington, D.C. May 12 through 15. According to the organizers, who promise an exciting weekend of fun and spirited competition, “The 224 final mathletes from 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories, State Department schools and Department of Defense schools and their coaches will be treated to a National Competition experience like no other.”