Three advance to state math competition
Three Upper St. Clair middle school students recently qualified to compete in the first ever Pennsylvania statewide Challenge 24 math competition on June 15, 2016, in Harrisburg. Sixth grader Daniel Wang and eighth grader Braden Yates won their respective grade divisions and seventh grader Christian Chiu was a finalist at the countywide tournament, sponsored by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.
The countywide Challenge 24 tournament, open to students in grades five through eight, was held on May 26, 2016, at the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon. Each Allegheny County school could send a maximum of two students per grade to compete in the math contest.
Competing for Boyce were fifth graders Qadir Khan and Keshav Narasimhan, and sixth graders Danny Martin and Daniel Wang. Fort Couch seventh graders included Christian Chiu and Jay Patel and eighth graders Devan Ekbote and Braden Yates.
After two preliminary rounds, one with single digits cards and the next with double digits, Keshav, Danny, Daniel, Christian, Devan, Jay and Braden moved on to the semifinals played with variable cards. Only three students from each division were allowed to compete in the final round that featured extremely complex “double variable” cards.