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Feb. 17, 2006
Contact: Donald D. Taylor, Westar Energy Inc., (785) 575-6430.

MATHCOUNTS competition winners announced

LAWRENCE — The 23nd annual MATHCOUNTS Topeka Regional Competition was Saturday, Feb. 11, at the University of Kansas School of Engineering. Seventh- and eighth-grade students from eight area schools competed in a timed mathematics competition that emphasizes individual and team skills. Volunteers from the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers together with faculty and students from the KU School of Engineering administered, proctored and scored the competition.

The top finishing teams were:
First Place — Topeka Collegiate School, Topeka; Phyllis Hoyt, coach, and David McCoy, assistant coach; team members: Nicky Henriquez, Daniel Kennedy, Sarah Padgett and David Wang.
Second Place — Washburn Rural Middle School, Topeka; Betsy Wiens, coach, and Jo Marie Rozzelle, assistant coach; team members: Teddy Christensen, Dylan Davis, Sam Ho and Hyunjee Kwak.
Third Place — Shawnee Heights Middle School, Tecumseh; Stacey Bell, coach; team members: Anton Bovin, Rian Brown, Dustin Mulligan and Eric Strand.

The top finishing individuals were:
First Place — Sam Ho, Washburn Rural Middle School, Topeka
Second Place — David Wang, Topeka Collegiate School, Topeka
Third Place — Dylan Davis, Washburn Rural Middle School, Topeka
Fourth Place — Eric Strand, Shawnee Heights Middle School, Tecumseh
Fifth Place — Hyunjee Kwak, Washburn Rural Middle School, Topeka
Sixth Place — Dustin Mulligan, Shawnee Heights Middle School, Tecumseh

The top four individuals were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the KU School of Engineering if they enroll in an engineering or computer science degree program through the school.

These teams and individuals will advance to the Kansas MATHCOUNTS Competition on March 11 at the Salina Bicentennial Center. MATHCOUNTS is a national mathematics enrichment, coaching and competition program that increases enthusiasm for and enhances math achievement in middle schools throughout the United States.

Founding sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are: National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. National sponsors are: ADC Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, Shell Oil Company, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3M Foundation and Xerox Corporation.

MATHCOUNTS in Kansas is sponsored by the Engineers’ Foundation of Kansas.

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