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'STATE' MATHCOUNTS FINALS ARE THURSDAY

March 19, 2002 – The winning district Mathcounts 2002 teams — Country Day School on St. Croix and Sts. Peter and Paul School on St. Thomas — will face off for the title of "state" champion Thursday at the Country Day Pavilion.
Country Day is considered the heavyweight. But Ludence Romney, Mathcounts coordinator for the St. Thomas-St. John district, said he thinks the challengers — upset winners last month over teams from traditional powerhouses All Saints and Antilles — are ready to take some calculated risks.
Ryan Burke, James Hunter, Nichole Hutchins and Yannick Polius will compete for Country Day, coached by Kate Baker. They'll face Mais Hussein, Lucas Kindervater, Luke Kurh and Ashton Phillip representing Sts. Peter and Paul, coached by Sylvia Winckler.
In addition to the team contest, eight individual mathletes will compete in a separate match Thursday. These students also advanced to the territorial event by winning their district contests in February.
They are: Jason Dane and Giresh Mirpuri of Antilles School, Mikel McDonald and Elise Mike of All Saints Cathedral School, Francesca Osorio of Elena Christian Junior High School, Diamond Bishop from St. Mary's School, Manny Camacho from Good Hope School, and Matt Stone from St. Patrick's School.
The winning team and the top four scorers from the individual competition are to represent the Virgin Islands at the national Mathcounts Finals in June in Chicago.

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