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Top mathematicians from Department of Defense Dependents Schools middle schools will represent DODDS next month at the National MathCounts competition.

Meeting after school and during lunch periods, MathCounts participants have been crunching numbers since January in preparation for schoolwide and district contests in addition to the DODDS-wide competition, held March 25.

Most of the problems deal with number sense, algebra, geometry, probability and some measurement, said Thomas J. Whitney, math and science liaison for the Kaiserslautern district and MathCounts state coordinator.

“It’s kind of a math enrichment,” he said. “It starts out that way and then as it goes on, the teacher or MathCounts coach starts to identify members who will be on the official team.”

The winners of the DODDS-wide contest who will advance to Nationals held May 6-9 in Washington, D.C., are eighth-graders Michael Zachar, Heidelberg Middle School in Germany; John Frank, Kaiserslautern Middle School in Germany; Yu Kanehira, Bahrain American School; and Kai Pope, Bitburg Middle School in Germany. Tuomas Kantola, an eighth-grader at Ankara High School in Turkey, will serve as an alternate.

Maria Gerrity, coach of the Bahrain American School math team, will accompany the four winners to the Nationals. The Bahrain school math team took first place at the DODDS level.

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