St. Bonaventure University hosted the regional phase of the 2013 MATHCOUNTS competition, a national contest for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Contestants worked both individually and in four-person school teams on questions designed by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the main sponsoring organization. Allegany-Limestone Middle School students Alice Li, Daniel Kelly, Thomas Lemire, Brandon Watkins and Daniel Wymer competed under their coach Kathy Stamets and Cheektowaga Central School students Maria Verrastro and Sandra Van competed under their coach David Guzzino.
Other organizations provided financial support for the contest at the national level including CNA Foundation, ConcoPhillips, US Department of Defense, Northrup Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, Texas Instruments, 3M Foundation, ThinkFun and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Locally, the contest was financially supported by St. Bonaventure University and an anonymous grant.
The top school teams and the top individuals received trophies and have also been invited to the New York State competition to be held on March 17 at Rochester Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Allegany-Limestone Middle School came in first place and Cheektowaga Central Schools came in second.
The top individuals from the state contest will advance to the national competition May 11. Allegany-Limestone students Li came in first, Watkins came in second and Lemire came in third.