Three eAchieve Academy students among 576 chosen to compete in national math competition
Two 7th graders and a 12th grader beat almost 50,000 applicants across 43 states to qualify for the Chicago event on April 22
WAUKESHA, WI – Three students from eAchieve Academy – Wisconsin have qualified to compete in the National MathCON 2017 Finals. There were approximately 50,000 online round participants from across the country. MathCON is a prestigious academic competition hosted by Concept Schools every year in Chicago during April.
Students nationwide from all types of schools, including online charter and home-schooled children, in the middle and upper grades compete across several mathematical disciplines: algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems and pre-calculus. They take an online assessment to qualify and compete in the finals at the University of Illinois at Chicago going head to head—brain to brain.
Among the 576 finalists chosen are Mostafa Hassan, a 12th grader at eAchieve Academy, and 7th graders Harsha and Haasa Gaddipati who attend Waukesha’s STEM Academy but take their math classes online at eAchieve. Mostafa will be making his third trip to the MathCON finals, placing in the top ten in 2015 and earning a Silver Medal last year.
Students from 43 states took the initial exam to qualify for MathCON. The day-long event will bring together both elementary and high school students to compete for various prizes and national prestige through various math questions and activities.
MathCON was created in 2008 by Concept Schools as a Midwest competition with just 125 participants, and has since grown to a national event. MathCON’s goal is to engage students in STEM outside of the classroom, and encourage more students to enter the STEM fields, which are currently some of the fastest-growing industries in the United States.
“We’re incredibly proud when any of our students earn recognition for their accomplishments, and we’re so excited to have Mostafa, Harsha and Haasa representing eAchieve Academy advancing to the finals,” eAchieve Principal Rick Nettesheim said. “This is a great honor not only for the individual students, but also for eAchieve Academy.”
“MathCON is our way of inspiring the 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.”
In addition to the finals testing, students at this year’s competition will enjoy a math comedy show, a pizza party with other participants, while also having the chance to play an array of STEM-related games. For a full agenda, visit mathcon.org.eAchieve Academy is Wisconsin’s leading online public elementary, middle and high school serving students in grades K-12. An independent, tuition-free online public charter school operated by the School District of Waukesha, eAchieve Academy features a flexible, individualized approach to learning integrated in a rigorous, engaging curriculum with extraordinary support from experienced, Wisconsin-certified teachers.