Competing with 44,000 students, Solanco’s Aiden McBride qualifies for National MathCON in Chicago!

| March 21, 2016

Aiden McBride3WEBFor the second consecutive year, Solanco student Aiden McBride has qualified for the National MathCON Finals at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he will compete with the brightest math students in the United States! Aiden recently earned an impressive 6th place finish in the Atlantic region on a preliminary exam that was taken by more than 44,000 students from 41 states, and that outstanding performance made him eligible for the National MathCON Finals to be held Saturday, April 23. The day-long event brings together elementary, middle, and high school students to compete in math activities for prizes such as mini IPads, gift cards, and national prestige.

On the preliminary MathCON exam, students had 40 minutes to complete 40 math problems. Aiden finished in the 100th percentile and will be included in the elite group of 564 students from across America that will advance to the finals in Chicago! Last year, as an 8th grader at George A. Smith Middle School, Aiden qualified for the National MathCON Finals where he scored a 227, good for 13th place among the approximately 700 eighth graders who took the test!

According to Caley Roark, Solanco High School Teacher of the Gifted, “Aidan’s math teachers report that he is one of the most talented mathematical minds they’ve worked with. He’s a student who loves learning about math, solving puzzles, and playing complex computer/board games.”

Ayhan Caputlu of Concept Schools, which organizes the event, said the goal of MathCON is to “inspire the future leaders in science, technology, math and engineering by engaging students at a young age, making STEM fun and demonstrating its real-world applications. The competition allows us to reach students from all over the nation and help them establish, improve and maintain skills that can lead to many possibilities throughout their educational careers and beyond.”

Other Solanco high school, middle school and elementary students also did well on this year’s MathCON preliminary test. Caley Roark, Solanco High School Teacher of the Gifted, said high scores by Charlie Canby and Christian Stead earned honorable mention recognition in the Atlantic region which includes students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Michael Hammel, Teacher of the Gifted at Smith and Swift middle schools, provided a list of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who received honorable mention awards for their strong performances on the MathCON preliminary exam:

Region School G Student Rank Status
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Owen Brazelton 54th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 JC Perkins 102nd HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Eric Reinhardt 119th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Shane Sollenberger 124th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Katelyn Jensen 143rd HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Ethan Welch 168th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Olivia Lasko 174th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 6 Veronica Bates 179th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Samantha LaMonaca 187th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 6 Trent Henry 231st HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Alexis Heisler 248th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 6 Triniti Erisman 252nd HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 6 Mia Grinestaff 258th HONORABLE MENTION

 

Region School G Student Rank Status
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 7 Lance Workman 105th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 7 Chris Natale 152nd HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 7 Lauren Yoder 176th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 7 Joel Brenchley 201st HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 7 Eliyahu Kauffman 204th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 7 Bailey Wood 221st HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Smith Middle School 7 Kyrian Sowards 238th HONORABLE MENTION

 

Region School G Student Rank Status
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 8 Nicholas Kretzing 138th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 8 Gabrielle Dolan 153rd HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 8 Reyse Taylor 214th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 8 Bailey Wilis 330th HONORABLE MENTION
ATLANTIC Swift Middle School 8 Brandon Daniel-Morales 367th HONORABLE MENTION

Solanco Teacher of the Gifted – Elementary Level, Ryan Humphries, said students in his extensions class were given the opportunity to participate in the 2016 MathCON Online Competition. Seven students earned honorable mention scores by placing in the 90th percentile and above of students taking the test nationwide.

Jacob Trimble at Providence Elementary - Ranked 36th out of students participating in the Atlantic region, and listed as an alternate for the national competition.

Emma Kline at Quarryville Elementary - Ranked 51st in the Atlantic region.

Ayden Maggs at Providence Elementary - Ranked 60th in the Atlantic region.

Greg Dilworth at Bart-Colerain Elementary - Ranked 63rd in the Atlantic region.

Ellie Mankin at Quarryville Elementary - Ranked 64th in the Atlantic region.

Charlie Golden at Clermont Elementary - Ranked 107th in the Atlantic region.

Renee Moran at Clermont Elementary - Ranked 111th in the Atlantic region.

For additional information, visit the MathCON website (http://www.mathcon.org/) and this link (http://www.mathcon.org/mathcon-2016-finalists-and-honorable-mention-awardees/) for the list of finalists and honorable mention award winners.

 

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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