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Area middle school students advance to MathCounts state competition

The team representing B.L. Gray Junior High School of Sharyland will advance to the state MathCounts competition. From left are Velinda Reyes, UTRGV assistant vice president for Community Relations and Operations; Diego Fernandez; Aidan Bae; Victor Garza; Rebeca De La Garza; and Coach Patricia Deanda. Second row from left are Lee Jones, AEP community affairs manager and president of the local Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE); and Ramiro Gutierrez, treasurer for TSPE.

The team representing B.L. Gray Junior High School of Sharyland will advance to the state MathCounts competition. From left are Velinda Reyes, UTRGV assistant vice president for Community Relations and Operations; Diego Fernandez; Aidan Bae; Victor Garza; Rebeca De La Garza; and Coach Patricia Deanda. Second row from left are Lee Jones, AEP community affairs manager and president of the local Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE); and Ramiro Gutierrez, treasurer for TSPE. 

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By Letty Fernandez

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 15, 2018 – More than 100 middle school students from across the Rio Grande Valley competed Friday Feb. 9, in MathCounts at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg Campus.

Designed to excite and challenge middle school students, the MathCounts program offers four levels of competition featuring both a rigorous written competition and a fast-paced oral competition. This national program provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers.

“It amazes me how fast and great these students are when it comes to solving the problems,” said Milton Hernandez, UTRGV program coordinator. “A problem that might take a normal individual 10 to 15 minutes to work out, these students can do it in seconds. We wish them the best of luck as they compete at the state competition.”

Advancing to the state competition in Austin on March 23-24 with the opportunity to advance to the national competition are:

  • Abdiel Garcia, Harmony School of Innovation, Brownsville.
  • Alex Gonzalez, Kenneth White Jr High School, Mission.
  • Ethan Mowers, Coakley Middle School, Harlingen.
  • And teams representing Sharyland North Junior High and B.L. Gray Junior High.

MathCounts is one of three events UTRGV is hosting in February that are geared toward STEM – science, technology engineering and mathematics – education and career awareness. 

UTRGV hosted the Rio Grande Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 3. About 700 middle and high school students from across South Texas competed in 17 different science-related fields of study for the opportunity to advance to state and international competitions.

In addition, UTRGV on Feb. 17 will host the Regional Science Bowl, a fast-paced question-and-answer tournament designed to test students’ knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, earth science and general science. The Bowl will be held on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus, with 200 students representing middle and high schools from South Texas in competition. The first-place team will advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., in late April. 

The team representing Sharyland North Junior High will advance to the state MathCounts competition. From left are Velinda Reyes, UTRGV assistant vice president for Community Relations and Operations; Angel Rafael Lopez, Jordan Salinas, Allyson Knobel, Coach Veronica Gonzalez, and Tyler Moss. Second row from left are Lee Jones, AEP community affairs manager and president of the local Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), and Ramiro Gutierrez, treasurer for TSPE.

The team representing Sharyland North Junior High will advance to the state MathCounts competition. From left are Velinda Reyes, UTRGV assistant vice president for Community Relations and Operations; Angel Rafael Lopez, Jordan Salinas, Allyson Knobel, Coach Veronica Gonzalez, and Tyler Moss. Second row from left are Lee Jones, AEP community affairs manager and president of the local Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), and Ramiro Gutierrez, treasurer for TSPE. 

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