Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  Community, Announcements

By Letty Fernandez

GALLERY: To view photos from the event, click here or visit http://www.utrgv.edu/gcr/stay-engaged/photo-gallery/index.htm

EDINBURG, TEXAS – Eighty-four middle school students from across the Rio Grande Valley competed in MATHCOUNTS on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus.

Designed to 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 was really nerve-wracking, seeing all the schools come in, not knowing who would do well, who would win. It’s a lot of anxiety, but it gets you pumped up to do better,” said Hailey Aul, a member of the Sharyland North Junior High team that won first place at the UTRGV MATHCOUNTS competition.

Advancing to the state competition on March 30 in Austin with the opportunity to advance to the national competition are: 

  • Sharyland North Junior High and Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas.
  • Ricardo Ochoa, Kenneth White Middle School, Mission.
  • Richard Zayas, Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas.

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.

“We believe middle school is a critical juncture when a love of math must be encouraged, and a fear of math must be overcome. More than a quarter-million students participate in or use MATHCOUNTS resources each year,” said Lee Jones, Community Affairs and Customer Service manager with AEP Foundation. “The Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Professional Engineers is proud to support this program along with our partner UTRGV and the participating school districts.”

On Feb. 2, UTRGV hosted the Rio Grande Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair, with about 700 middle and high school students from across South Texas competing in 22 different science-related fields of study for the opportunity to advance to state and international competitions. Of those students, 132 have advanced to the state and international competitions.

In addition, UTRGV 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 on Feb. 16. Participating will be 200 students representing middle and high schools from South Texas. The first-place teams will advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., in late April.

Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas placed second at the MATHCOUNTS competition at UTRGV on Feb. 9 and now advances to the state competition. From left are Raul Marquez, Diego Decio, Anthony Acevedo, McKenzie Brown, Coach Maria Marquez, and Karen Dorado, UTRGV director of Special Programs and Community Relations. (Courtesy Photo)
Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas placed second at the MATHCOUNTS competition at UTRGV on Feb. 9 and now advances to the state competition. From left are Raul Marquez, Diego Decio, Anthony Acevedo, McKenzie Brown, Coach Maria Marquez, and Karen Dorado, UTRGV director of Special Programs and Community Relations. (Courtesy Photo)



ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.