A team from the Good Hope Country Day School (GHCD) won the St. Croix district 2017 MATHCOUNTS Chapter competition on Wednesday, February 15 after facing off at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Great Hall with four other district school teams.
Members of the GHCD team are Patrick Boring, the top scorer in the contest and also the winner of the Countdown Round, Molly Browsdon; Collin Grey and Maya Griffith. The team is coached by Gary Molloy.
The district winning team along with Brice Richards, GHCD; Saba Alfred, GHCD; Marck Sinco, John H. Woodson Jr. High; Cehara Biscoe, GHCD; Samantha Peter, Church of God Holiness Academy; and Christian St. Rose of the John H. Woodson Jr. High School. Winners received prizes and will advance to the state MATHCOUNTS finals set for Thursday, March 16 on St. Thomas.
Fifty (50) students competing represented Ricardo Richards Elementary, Alfredo Andrews Elementary, Church of God Holiness Academy, John H. Woodson, Jr. High and Good Hope Country Day. Ricardo Richards and Alfredo Andrews Elementary Schools have been participating in the mathematical competition designed for junior high school students for several years.
Ricardo Richards School MATHCOUNTS coach Zahra O’Reilly is extremely proud that her school’s former students comprised the entire John H. Woodson Jr. High team. “Lily Burton and Janae Evans, who also represented John H. Woodson in the Sprint and Target Rounds of the competition were former students in my class at Ricardo Richards,” she added. “In all, 8 students representing John H. Woodson Jr. High School were former students of Ricardo Richards. Woodson team members Marck Sinco and Christian St. Rose are now part of St. Croix’s MATHCOUNTS team.
Alfredo Andrews School MATHCOUNTS coach Loretta Whilby-Royes also expressed satisfaction that her former mathletes are now members of a junior high school team. “I am bringing them out to this contest for the experience,” she said of her 5th and 6th grade students participating on the school’s team. “I see potential in them and by the time they reach the junior high level they are well prepared to take on the mathematical equations in the MATHCOUNTS competition.” Michael Quinn and Stephen Marcel are the coaches for the John H. Woodson Jr. High and the Church of God Holiness Academy, respectively.
Students competed in the Sprint Round, the Target Round, Team Round and the Countdown Round which was a fast paced, oral contest for eighth top-scoring students based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds. Subjects included algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.
Local sponsors of the 2017 MATCOUNTS competition include the Virgin Islands Department of Education, Rotary Club Mid-Isle, and Ocwen Mortgage Serving, LLC.
MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.
Mathematics Coordinator Juanita Boneque produces the St. Croix District MATHCOUNTS competition for the Virgin Islands Department of Education Division of Curriculum and Instruction.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School MathCounts team and advisors.
Church of God Holiness Academy MathCounts team and coach.
Coach Gary Molloy with winning MathConts team, Good Hope-Country Day.
Countdown round winner.
Ricardo Richards Elementary School MathCounts team and coach.
Insular Superintendent Colleen Mae Williams congratulate Top MathCounts student.
John H. Woodson Jr. High School MathCounts team and coach.