San Jose, April 2, 2019: Moreland School District announced that two Country Lane students, five Easterbrook Discovery School (EDS) students, one Latimer School, and five Moreland Middle School students were chosen out of almost 50,000 applicants from across the country to participate in MathCON, a prestigious national academic competition hosted by Concept Schools in Chicago later this month.
Among the top 1% of students chosen to advance, the almost 600 finalists include Country Lane 5th graders Dhruv M., and Aadya H, EDS 6th graders Sameet D., Aditi V., Angella Z., and 7th graders Marcus L., and Joon L., Latimer 8th grader Jeremy W., as well as Moreland Middle 6th grader Richard D., and 8th grader Siddharth B., Jovan R., Kushal S., and Alex Z. .
Students from 43 states in public, private, charter and home schools took the initial online exam at their school to qualify for MathCON, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois on April 27, 2019. The day-long event brings together elementary, middle, and high school students to compete for various prizes and national prestige through various math questions.
MathCON was created in 2008 by Concept Schools as a Midwest competition with just 125 participants, and has since grown into 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 country. Students nationwide compete across several mathematical disciplines: algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems, and pre-calculus.
“We’re so excited to have 13 students from four of our seven schools representing the Moreland School District,” Superintendent Dr. Mary Kay Going said. “Mathematics is a strong focus in elementary and middle school as these students lay the groundwork for future school and career development. This is a great honor not only for these students, but also for their schools and the Moreland School District.”
In past MathCON’s competitions, Moreland has had several students place nationally and one global ranking.