Troy Middle School students advance to MathCON Finals
4/3/2017, 2:06 p.m.
Two Troy Middle School students will be advancing to the 2017 MathCON Midwest Regional Finals in April, and four were named alternates, after excelling in the MathCON preliminary assessments in March.
Eighth-grader Tabitha Barowsky, who placed 28th in her grade group, and seventh-grader Sean Zarobsky, who placed 29th in his grade group, are the finalists who will be competing at the University of Illinois in Chicago on April 22.
The four TMS students who are alternates are eighth-graders David Randolph, 59th place; Julianna Crompton, 60th place; Ryan Vetter, 82th place; and Kelly Rappaport, 98th place.
Only 576 of the 50,000 students who took the preliminary assessments were invited to participate in the finals. Students in grades 5-12 from 43 states participated in the preliminary assessments. Troy Middle School students in advanced math classes or Mathletes took the preliminary assessments.
Troy Community School District 30-C math teachers and Mathletes sponsors Anita Garvert and Melissa Cardone are organizing the school’s MathCON event.
“Being chosen as a finalist or an alternate for this national competition is an honor,” Cardone said. “We are very proud of how those chosen worked on this test and how hard they work in the classroom every day.”
MathCON’s testing categories for 7th and 8th grades include number systems, word problems, absolute value equations, surface area and volume, exponential numbers, numeric patterns and percent equations.
MathCON’s goal is to engage students in STEM subjects outside of the classroom and encourage more students to enter STEM fields. Its logo is, “Stronger Math, Brighter Futures.”