Floyd Middle School seventh grader Ting Ting Yan won the MathCON 2017 National Championship Honorable Mention Medal at the Finals for the MathCON National convention April 22 in Chicago. Competing against 109 other seventh graders for the coveted recognition as Grand Champion, Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Honorable Mention, Yan took the Honorable Mention award, finishing in the top half of the top one percent of math students from across the country in the face-to-face competition.
MathCon is a popular math competition open to students from grades five through 12. The first-round, online test, taken at the students’ local school, includes problems of varying degree of difficulty that enables all students to be equally challenged. Round two is the national competition, where students take a paper-based test at the University of Illinois, competing with other students in their grade level.
Yan, the only student from Georgia at the MathCon finals, qualified for nationals by beating out nearly 50,000 other online round contestants from all over the nation in the first of two rounds of competition.
“MathCON is our way of inspiring future leaders in science, technology, math and engineering by engaging students at a young age, making STEM fun and demonstrating its real-world applications,” said Ayhan Caputlu, Director of Mathematics Education at Concept Schools, which organizes the event. “The competition allows us to reach students from all over the nation and help them establish, improve, and maintain skills that can lead to many possibilities throughout their educational careers and beyond.”
“We’re incredibly proud when any of our students earn recognition for their accomplishments, and we’re so excited to have Ting Ting Yan representing Floyd Middle School as she advanced to the finals,” said Timothy Coefield, sixth-grade Math teacher at Floyd and MathCON sponsor. “The STEM field is such an important part of the future, and we actively encourage our teachers and students to find fun ways to use STEM inside and outside of the classroom. This is a great honor, not only for Ting Ting Yan, but also for Floyd Middle School.”