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Kinllen Peng competes at State MathCounts
Sixth grader Kinllen Peng, representing the Winston Campus Math Club, earned 29th place out of 275 individuals competing that day. This was Kinllen's first year participating in the MathCounts competition. The future looks bright for him and the Winston team in the years to come.
Kinllen set the record for a Winstom mathlete at the state level. Prior to this year the highest ranking was eight grader Emery Liu in 2012 who placed 37th as an individual in that year's state contest.
While Kinllen is a 6th grader at Winston Campus Elementary School, he is enrolled in geometry class at the junior high and an active participant in Math Club.
Also competing for District 15 at state was the Plum Grove Junior High team which took 4th place out of 42 teams. Kinllen's individual score matched the highest score on Plum Grove's team.
Winston Mathlete takes 1st in Oral Countdown at MathCounts
For the third time in four years, Winston’s Math Club earned a berth in the state MathCounts contest. This year 6th grader Kinllen Peng took 3d place out of 207individuals competing in the regional (chapter) MathCounts contest on Saturday,Feb. 1 at Oakton Community College. Thisis the highest that a Winston Math Club student has placed at chapter. He advances to the state contest on Saturday,March 8.
Kinllen also made chapter history, we think, as the first 6thgrader to capture first place in the oral countdown contest. (MathCounts officials are checking theirrecords.) He and 8th grader,Edward Li from Plum Grove finished the normal oral countdown round withidentical scores. They then faced off ina “best of 3” sudden death round which Kinllen won with 2 points.
“It was just incredible to witness Kinllen battling his waythrough the oral countdown,” noted Math Club coach and 8th grademath teacher Ralph Banasiak. “All ourmathletes sat on the edge of their seats. When you think about a 6th grader versus an 8thgrader and Winston versus Plum Grove, it was a true David vs Goliath matchup.”
Oral countdown pits students with the top 10 individualscores in the contest in a buzzer-activated mental math challenge. District 15 dominated the oral countdown withthree other students placing among the top 10.
This was the first time that Winston Campus Elementaryentered the MathCounts competition series. Winston Campus Junior High’s team also scored well, ranking 12thout of 31 teams who competed at chapter. For the junior high, this was the 4th year in a row that theteam has placed in the top 40% of schools.
Besides Kinllen’s 3rd place showing overall, sixthgrader Ryan Tsau placed 40th. Eighthgraders Aviral Saxena and Eric Lindstrom took 23rd and 52nd places respectively. Sixth grader Emma Forman also competed onthe Winston Campus Elementary team. Rounding out the junior high’s team were 8th graders NithyaArun and Natalia Koval. Also competingfor the junior high were 8th graders Eduardo Orozco and Dhyan Patel,7th graders Annie Clement, Andrew Frank, Aaron Kleinschmidt andJinchuan Wu.
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