Eyer students take top honors in Mathcounts competition
Arayman Khandelwal, an eighth grade student at Springhouse Middle School and Bruce Wu, a seventh grader at Eyer Middle School, took first and second place honors respectively at the 30th annual Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS® held recently at Trexler Middle School, Allentown.
In a Jeopardy-style countdown round held before an audience of 500 onlookers, Wu took to the stage in 10th place and out-answered seven competitors to advance to second place. The Eyer Middle School team, coached by Julie Hummell, placed second overall.
Khandelwal and Wu were among the 250 students from 25 schools in Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon and Luzerne Counties who participated in the regional contest organized by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.
Khandelwal, Wu and third-place finisher Ishaan Lai, a sixth grader at Eyer, traveled to the state championship held in Harrisburg. The top four state winners were expected to advance to the national event in Florida in May.
Almost 6,000 schools nationwide participate in the competition co-sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and a host of industries viewing the importance of making math excellence as challenging, exciting, and prestigious as participation in sports.
Among the top 10 winnners were: Bruce Wu, eighth grade, of Eyer Middle School; Ishaan Lai, sixth grade, of Eyer Middle School; and Sandhya Sriram, eighth grade, of Eyer Middle School.