National middle school mathematics competition returns to Penn State Fayette

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — The 2020 MATHCOUNTS competition returned to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus on Feb. 6 in the Magerko Auditorium of the Community Center.

The campus has hosted the competition for more than 30 years. Kevin Maxwell, mathematics instructor, has coordinated the annual event for more than 20 years.

Approximately 60 students from six school districts in Fayette and Greene counties participated. 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 competed in this year’s event: A. J. McMullen Middle School, Benjamin Franklin School, Albert Gallatin North Middle School, Lafayette School, Mapletown Junior High School, and Margaret Bell Miller Middle School.

The first place team was from AJ McMullen Middle School. The top-performing students in first, second, third and fourth places, respectively, were Christian DeVincent (AJ McMullen), Ben Maxwell (Margaret Bell Miller), Raynie Plisko (AJ McMullen), and Jeremiah Hager (Ben Franklin). They will move on to the state-wide competition in Harrisburg on March 14, or “Pi Day.”