Hannah Rogers, Rohan Patkar, and Siri Ugru from Hickory Grove Elementary have qualified to compete in the National MathCON 2017 Finals. There were approximately 50,000 online round participants from across the country.
MathCON is a prestigious academic competition hosted by Concept Schools every year in Chicago during April.
Students nationwide from all types of schools, including home-schooled children, in the middle and upper grades compete across several mathematical disciplines: algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems and pre-calculus. They take an online assessment to qualify and compete in the finals at the University of Illinois at Chicago going head to head—brain to brain.
Among the 576 finalists chosen were HGES students Hannah Rogers, Rohan Patkar, and Siri Ugru. In addition, Albert Han and Sidharth Chunduri are currently on the waitlist to attend the event. All five students from HGES scored in the 99% percentile.
Students from 43 states took the initial exam to qualify for MathCON. The day-long event will bring together both elementary and high school students to compete for various prizes and national prestige through various math questions and activities.
MathCON was created in 2008 by Concept Schools as a Midwest competition with just 125 participants, and has since grown to a national event. MathCON’s goal is to engage students in STEM outside of the classroom, and encourage more students to enter the STEM fields, which are currently some of the fastest-growing industries in the United States.
In addition to the finals testing, students at this year’s competition will enjoy a math comedy show, a pizza party with other participants, while also having the chance to play an array of STEM-related games. For a full agenda, visit mathcon.org.
Submitted by: Cheryl Wooden
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent