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Boynton and Dewitt Math Clubs Dominate Regional MathCounts Competition

posted Feb 26, 2014, 8:19 AM by Adam Engst   [ updated Mar 5, 2014, 7:14 AM ]

It was a one-two finish for Ithaca City School District middle school math clubs at the regional MathCounts competition, held at SUNY Delhi on Saturday, February 8. Sixty-two middle students from a five-county area competed at the meet. The Boynton Middle School team took first place (for the seventh year running), with the DeWitt Middle School team finishing second. In addition, for the first time ever, Ithaca students swept the top 10 individual scores! Boynton students took the top four individual places, and had seven students amongst the top 11, with DeWitt students rounding out the top 10.

The top individual scorers from Boynton (B) and DeWitt (D) were: 1-Eric Dusenberry (B), 2-Vivek Myers (B), 3-Michael Zhao (B), 4-Miriam Ginsparg (B), 5-Reynold Gao (D), 6-Yuuki Real (B), 7-Paul Fisher-York (D), 8-Justin Tan (B), 9-Eli Zhang (D), 10-Felix Shi (D) and 11-Scott Smith (B).

Boynton's first place team was Eric Dusenberry, Vivek Myers, Michael Zhao and Justin Tan. DeWitt's second place team was Reynold Gao, Paul Fisher-York, Eli Zhang and Felix Shi. Although ineligible to place in the event, Boynton's alternate team of Miryam Ginsparg, Asha Duhan, Sherrie Qian and Scott Smith scored higher than third place finisher from Vestal.

Eric Dusenberry won the Countdown Round. As top male and top female finishers, Eric Dusenberry and Miryam Ginsparg each won a $1000 scholarship to SUNY Delhi. Reynold Gao of DeWitt was the top-finishing 7th grader at the meet; Andrew Huang of Boynton was the top-finishing 6th grader.

Congratulations to all of these hard-working and dedicated students and their coaches (Melissa Smith and Laura Jones from Boynton and Tom Fisher-York from DeWitt) for their excellent performance! The excitement isn't over yet, as the top finishing individuals are eligible to proceed to the New York State MathCounts meet held on March 15 in Albany.

Boynton Math Club is an associate of Ithaca STEM Advocates, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that believes the education of every ICSD student is enhanced through community connections and support through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. IthacaSTEM Advocates fosters appreciation, knowledge, and application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging involvement in STEM-related activities, clubs, teams, events, and classes in the ICSD. More information about Ithaca STEM Advocates and IPEI can be found at