The top four finishers in the DODDS MathCounts competition will compete in the national championship in Detroit in May.

The four middle school math whizzes — Soren Scott of Ramstein, Germany; Sophia Leonard of Naples, Italy; Robbie Knetsche of Landstuhl, Germany; and Michael Sanders of Yokota, Japan — will make up the Department of Defense Education Activity state team for the national event May 6-8.

The Department of Defense Dependents School students will be led by Kara Lynn Stolee-Kiefer, coach of the first-place team, Landstuhl Middle School.

Participating students took a test at their home schools on Wednesday and sent them to the math liaison office in Wiesbaden, Germany. Tests were graded and the top students selected that afternoon.

Other students finishing in the top 10 were: Ryan Brito of Lakenheath, England; Michael Fisher of Landstuhl; Nicola Reuning of Alconbury, England; Clark Delia Silva of George C. Marshall School in Ankara, Turkey; Robert Darby of Seoul, South Korea; and Nicole Givens of Aviano, Italy.

The top four finishers in the team portion after Landstuhl were: Aviano, Lakenheath, Ramstein and Yokota.

The competition is run by the MathCounts Foundation of Alexandria, Va., with General Motors Corp. sponsoring the national championship. For more information on MathCounts, see its Web site

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