Birchwood Team Finished Third at MATHCOUNTS Chapter Round

At the 2023 Northeast Ohio MATHCOUNTS Chapter Round on February 18, the Birchwood School of Hawken team consisting of Ishika Chand, Caroline Lu, Haadeya Salman, Arav Bhandari, Joshua Gordon, Manya Raina, Jonathan Samulak, Ayat Jaffar, Nikhil Yalavarthy, and John Gordon placed 3rd out of the nine participating teams. Individually, Joshua Gordon placed 4th, and John Gordon placed 11th. Joshua will advance to the state competition on March 11 at Columbus State Community College. 

Each year approximately 140,000 students from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the State and Defense Department school systems worldwide participate in the school MATHCOUNTS competitions, with about 40,000 students participating at the chapter competitions.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program promoting mathematics achievement through fun and engaging "bee" style contests.   

“The team's success can be attributed directly to their hard work. They have been practicing challenging math problems on Thursdays and Saturdays since mid-October,” said Charles Debelak, one of Birchwood’s MATHCOUNTS coaches. Debelak and has been coaching the Birchwood MATHCOUNTS team for more than 30 years. Along with Debelak, the team is also coached by Dr. Catherine Haskins and Melissa Stalnaker.