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Liberty Mathletes will compete for State MATHCOUNTS title

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On Saturday, March 27, the Liberty Middle School MATHCOUNTS team will compete for top honors at the MATHCOUNTS State Competition at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

The team, which includes Austin Bertholf, Zachary Haberzettl, Shane Houghtaling, Eboni Penn-Cosentino and Tracy Torrens will represent Liberty Central School District.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind, with live, in-person events in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department.

MATHCOUNTS is a critical tool to encourage sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to engage in and hopefully pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics educations and careers.

The competition will consist of three rounds:

  • The Sprint Round (40 minutes) consists of 30 problems. This round tests accuracy, with time being such that only the most capable students will complete all of the problems.
  • The Target Round (approximately 30 minutes) consists of eight problems presented to competitors in four pairs (6 minutes per pair). This round features multi step problems that engage Mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes.
  • The Team Round (20 minutes) consists of 10 problems that team members work together to solve. Team member interaction is permitted and encouraged.

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