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St. Croix Students Prepare for MATHCOUNTS Competition

Jan. 15, 2009 – Approximately 90 students representing 11 schools in the St. Croix District will compete in the annual MATHCOUNTS competition at 9 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 26, at Good Hope School, according to District Mathematics Coordinator Juanita Boneque. Mathletes in the District Chapter of MATHCOUNTS will compete for the top team and top individuals and will then advance to the State MATHCOUNTS that will take place on March 26, on St. Thomas.
Competing schools in the national mathematics initiative are: Elena L. Christian Jr. High, Good Hope, John H. Woodson Jr. High, Arthur A. Richards Jr. High, Claude O. Markoe Elementary, St. Croix Country Day, Ricardo Richards Elementary, Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary, Seventh-day Adventist, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary, Church of God Holiness Academy and Manor School.
"Mathletes are currently in training, using specially prepared coaching materials provided free-of-charge to all middle schools across the country," Boneque said. "We are particularly pleased by the feedback from the schools. This year we have seen a marked increase in the participation of sixth grade students as well." Mathletes will compete locally, statewide and nationally in teams and individually in written and oral matches. Mathematical subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.
Locally, the V.I. Department of Education and the St. Croix Mid-Isle Rotary Club sponsor MATHCOUNTS. Founding sponsors are CNA, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. National sponsors are the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3M Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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