Team places third in MATHCOUNTS
Posted February 17, 2012
The Webb School placed third in MATHCOUNTS competition, Feb. 11, at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. There were approximately 30 students in attendance from several schools.
Lea Ann Windham, Webb math department chair, took a team that included Jarrod Wilson - eighth grade; Jennifer Curtis - eighth grade; Heath Grubbs - seventh grade; and Ulysses Keevan-Lynch - seventh grade. First alternate was Jared Moss - eighth grade. Other alternates were Keaton Pendergrast - seventh grade, Anderson Keathley - sixth grade, Gregory Kilpatrick - sixth grade and Isaac Williams - sixth grade. Webb participates in the Tullahoma MATHCOUNTS Chapter, which is sponsored by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
The MATHCOUNTS website notes that the goal “is to inspire excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. With the support of all MATHCOUNTS sponsors and volunteers, and leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers at the local and state levels, MATHCOUNTS is providing today’s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.”
Windham said 10-15 students practiced after lunch during January to prepare for MATHCOUNTS. At the end of the month, a school competition was held, and the top four scorers earned places on the team.
“I was very proud of the effort and dedication of all who participated,” said Windham. “The team finished in third place and overall had a strong performance. I was also proud of the team members who were alternates last year - (Heath Grubbs and Jarrod Wilson) as they increased their performance significantly this year. I am excited about next year with Heath returning for a third year.” She added, “I am very glad the sixth graders were able to participate this year as it will make them stronger team members next year.”
The top eight scorers get to travel on to the state competition. Webb’s top finishers were Keevan-Lynch and Moss, who tied for ninth place in the competition based on individual scores. Grubbs also finished in the top 15.
“I very much appreciate all their hard work and efforts they put into this extracurricular activity,” said Windham.