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Mathletes Compete for State MATHCOUNTS Titles in March Across the Pacific Coast
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Middle School Students Gear up for Competition Across the Pacific Coast ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(Business Wire)-- Middle school Mathletes® from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington will compete this month for the right to represent their state in the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition - 2009 in Orlando this May. Students qualified for their respective MATHCOUNTS State Competitions when they or their school team won local competitions in February by correctly solving problems such as: If the current time is 7:03 a.m. on a 12-hour clock, what time will it be in 553 minutes? Three pies and four cakes sell for $35 while four pies and five cakes sell for $44.50. What is the cost to purchase one pie and one cake? The top four Mathletes from each state will advance to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition - 2009 as a team or as individuals, and will compete for national titles against other talented middle school mathematicians representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and schools from the Department of Defense and State Department. The Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition - 2009 will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, in Orlando, FL, on Friday, May 8. "It is simply amazing to watch these students display their incredible talents and passion for math," said Kimberly Gavaletz, Chair of the MATHCOUNTS Board of Directors. "The problem-solving skills that they have honed during their time with MATHCOUNTS will expand the opportunities they can take advantage of for the rest of their lives. Corporate America is in desperate need of a workforce that has the strong math and analytical skills that these students will put to the test during the MATHCOUNTS competitions. These students, through their involvement in MATHCOUNTS and the efforts of their talented teachers, are on the way to being highly sought after by employers in virtually every industry." Additional information on MATHCOUNTS and the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition - 2009 is available at www.mathcounts.org. For more information on each MATHCOUNTS State Competition, and to find out when doors open to the public for the Countdown Round, please contact a MATHCOUNTS State Coordinator listed below. The MATHCOUNTS State Competitions will take place as follows: March 7, 2009 Hawaii MATHCOUNTS State Competition Location: Honolulu, HI Contact: Rowena Blaisdell, (808)842-8227 or firstname.lastname@example.org March 14, 2009 Oregon MATHCOUNTS State Competition Location: Corvallis, OR Contact: Michael Hardy, (503)314-5244 or email@example.com March 21, 2009 Alaska MATHCOUNTS State Competition Location: Juneau, AK Contact: Douglas Murray, (907)780-6151 or firstname.lastname@example.org California MATHCOUNTS State Competition Location: South CA competition - Irvine, North CA competition - Stockton Contact: Shannon Dorn, 512-468-8088 or email@example.com Washington MATHCOUNTS State Competition Location: Redmond, WA Contact: Bill Kavanaugh, (360) 871-7073 or firstname.lastname@example.org ABOUT MATHCOUNTS MATHCOUNTS is the nation`s premier middle school math enrichment and competition program. To secure America's global competitiveness, MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle schools students through fun and challenging math programs. Beyond the challenge of learning new skills, the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program (school, local, state and national) provides students with fun-filled opportunities to focus on mathematics. Each year, more than 100,000 students from over 6,000 schools register to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program and vie for prizes and scholarships, as well as the opportunity to advance to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition. Students of all abilities thoroughly enjoy the experience and develop mathematical aptitude, self-confidence and teamwork skills. At the state and local level, sponsors and volunteers from the National Society of Professional Engineers support MATHCOUNTS. At the national level, Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, ConocoPhillips, 3M Foundation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Lockheed Martin, and General Motors Foundation generously sponsor MATHCOUNTS. The National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation founded MATHCOUNTS in 1983. ABOUT OUR TITLE SPONSOR Raytheon Company is the title sponsor of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition 2009 and has made a commitment to serve in this capacity until 2011. Raytheon`s support of MATHCOUNTS is a component of its MathMovesU program, an initiative designed to engage U.S. middle school students in math and science through interactive learning programs, contests, events, scholarships, tutoring programs and more. Since its inception in 2005, MathMovesU has touched the lives of more than 700,000 students, teachers and parents. For more information, please visit MathMovesU.com. Answers to Sample Problems: 4:16 pm,$9.50 Editor`s Note: Interested in more samples of the types of math problems these students will be solving? The problems and answers from prior School, Chapter and State Competitions are available at https://mathcounts.org/Page.aspx?pid=295 or contact us for a one page sample of representative math problems. MATHCOUNTS Chris Bright 703-299-9006 x104 Copyright Business Wire 2009