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Area Schools Win Big at Regional Math Competition

The Northern Virginia Regional Math Counts Competition was held on Feb. 3 at George Mason University. The regional competition combines the Fairfax, George Washington and Northern VA Chapters of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

About 418 students in sixth through eighth grades at 50 elementary and middle schools competed at the events. They have been practicing since the fall and were selected to represent their schools at the competition. Students compete as school teams and as individuals.

The top teams, team members and coaches from local schools, which fall under the Northern VA Chapter of the competition, are:

1st — BASIS Independent McLean. Coached by Tyler Sullivan with students Pravalika Putalapattu, Samuel Wang, Ethan Zhou and Eleanor Kim. 2nd — Cooper Middle School. Coached by Lisa Walsh with students Isabella Zhu, Danniel Cao, Kevin Shan and Bradley Cao. 3rd — Longfellow Middle School. Coached by Mary Jo Clark with students Alan Vladimiroff, Lillian Sun, Yeefay Li and William Jiang.

Individual winners in the Northern VA Chapter are:

1st — Pravalika Putalapattu, BASIS Independent McLean; 2nd — Alan Vladimiroff, Longfellow Middle School; 3rd — Samuel Wang, BASIS Independent McLean; 4th — Sehyun Choi, Longfellow Middle School and 5th — Ethan Zhou, BASIS Independent McLean.

The top two teams and top four students who are not on the top two teams from the Fairfax Chapter along with the winning team and top two students who are not on the winning team from each of the George Washington and Northern VA Chapters will advance to compete at the Virginia State Math Counts Competition to be held in Richmond on March 17, 2018.

Additional information on the national Math Counts program is available at