Chesapeake Science Point Middle School Math Team Wins 3rd Place Statewide at MD Mathalon

Chesapeake Science Point Team Infinity continued it’s great run of success at the statewide middle school Maryland Mathalon Contest.  As this year’s results were announced, CSP was announced to finish in 3rd place statewide in this contest.  CSP has finished in 3rd place or higher for the past four years, having won the contest last year for the first time.  In addition, as individual results were announced, six CSP students finished in the top 20, as many as from any school in the state.

Final results for this year’s contest were:

1st Place:  Burleigh Manor Middle School, Howard County, Ellicott City
2nd Place: Takoma Park Middle School, Montgomery County Magnet School, Silver Spring
3rd Place:  Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School, Hanover
4th Place:  Roberto Clemente Middle School, Montgomery County Magnet School, Germantown, MD

Individually, CSP 8th graders John Alt, Jeremy Dy, Benjamin Kelm and Anthony Krieger all answered 28 out of 30 questions correct, while CSP 8th graders Ryan Budahazy and Kristofer Burkowski each answered 27 correct, earning all six students a spot as one of the top 20 mathletes statewide.  While this will be the final Mathalon for these 8th graders, CSP’s Team Infinity looks forward to many more strong showings in this contest.  The top scoring 7th grader from CSP, Sam Farrell scored 22 out of 30 correct, and the top scoring CSP 6th grader, Stanley Zhu, scored 19 out of 30 correct.

In addition to the mathematics focused individual and team rounds, the MD Mathalon also has an engineering challenge round included, where teams are formed at random with students from across different schools working together to invent a solution to an engineering problem in 20 minutes using limited supplies such as straws, cards, paper clips and file folders.  Of the five separate engineering contests, CSP students were on teams earning 1st place finishes in four of the five events.  CSP 6th grader Maya Albayrak was on the winning team in “The Wright Stuff” where students design a glider out of 5 paper clips and two file folders.  CSP 6th grader Reese Barrett was on the winning team of “Can’t Touch This” where students solve a topographic mapping problem by coloring in squares on graph paper with five different color markers, with no two squares of identical colors being allowed to touch.  CSP 6th graders Emma Dy and Christian Hardy earned a 1st place finish on “Functional Folders” where students used three file folders and tape to build a strong bridge.  And CSP 8th graders Kendal Joyce and David Kravets earned a 1st place finish on “Long Paper where students must build the longest possible structure out of a single sheet of paper.

CSP’s math team had a very strong representation across all middle school grades at this contest.  At this event CSP was  represented by:  6th graders:  Maya Albayrak, Reese Barrett, Olivia Burkowski, Emma Dy, John Gallerizzo, Christian Hardy, Mark Kelm, Maria Mao, Connor Parker and Stanley Zhu.  7th graders: Matthew Berg, Josh Brunk, Sam Farrell and Jane Huang.  8th graders: John Alt, Ryan Budahazy, Kristofer Burkowski, Jeremy Dy, Kendal Joyce, Benjamin Kelm, Anthony Krieger, David Kravets, Dominic Rivera and Joshua Santos.

CSP students earn these great results through the hardwork and dedication of the entire CSP family.   The CSP Math Team practices before school for over an hour every day, with their Math Team Coach / CSP Teacher, Mr. Ferhat Avsar, Assistant Coaches:  Parent Mr. Bernie Kelm and High School Student-Coaches  Lukash and Ruslan Onyshkevych all volunteering their time to promote mathematics excellence to this very dedicated group of middle school students.  By making math fun, the students often learn as much from their coaches as they do from each other and learn problem solving, organization and critical thinking skills that benefit them well beyond mathematics competitions.

The MD Mathalon is a statewide competition held by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics and jointly sponsored by Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland council of teachers of Mathematics, National Security Agency and Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Now in its 27th year, the MD Mathalon attracts teams from the top public, private and magnet-program middle schools throughout the state of Maryland, promoting mathematics excellence through a fun competition featuring individual and team competitions.  This year’s competition had 51 teams of students competing from across the state of Maryland.


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