Piñon Elementary 6th Grader Julia Zou Among Top 16 Mathematicians In New Mexico In Mathcounts Competition

Julia Zou

LAPS News:

Piñon Elementary School 6th grader Julia Zou was among the top 16 mathematicians in New Mexico in the recent Mathcounts competition.

This was Zou’s first year participating in the competition. Even though she didn’t qualify for the countdown round at the state level, she is looking forward to participating in the program again next year, her coach Svetlana Martin said.

“Julia had a lot of fun, and it really increased her interest in mathematics,” Martin said.

Martin has been coaching Mathcounts since 2007 at Pinon Elementary and Barranca Mesa Elementary schools.

MATHCOUNTS® is a national Middle School program that encourages students to increase their math skills through learning and competition. Students meet once a week for practice. Practice sessions include correcting assignments and a lesson, which often covers things not taught in the classroom.

Top students advance from school competition to regional, state and national competitions. The competition includes sprint rounds, with 30 problems in 40 minutes without using a calculator; a target round of eight problems: four sets of two problems, six minutes each and the use of a calculator; and a team round, where the team works together to solve 10 problems in 20 minutes.


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