Penn State Fayette to host national middle school mathematics competition

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Approximately 80 students from six school districts in Fayette and Greene counties will participate in the 2018 Mathcounts competition at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 in the Community Center at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

Mathcounts is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. The annual event challenges students with various mathematical problems and equations.

Students from the following schools will be participating in this year’s competition: A. J. McMullen Middle School, Benjamin Franklin School, Connellsville Junior High School, Albert Gallatin North and South Middle Schools, Lafayette School, Laurel Highlands Middle School, Mapletown Junior/Senior High School, and Margaret Bell Miller Middle School.

Penn State Fayette has hosted the competition for nearly three decades, and Kevin Maxwell, mathematics instructor at the campus, has coordinated the annual event for 19 years.

The “Countdown Round” portion of the event, at noon, is free and open to the public. More information can be found at