Three Fairview Students Chosen for National Math Competition

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Fairview students Saptarshi Mallick, Pablo Reed and Angelo Geis beat out more than 45,000 applicants across 42 states to qualify for Chicago event

Three students from Fairview-Clifton German Language School were chosen from more than 45,000 applicants from across the country to participate in MathCON, a prestigious academic competition hosted by Concept Schools in Chicago later this month. 

Among the 700 finalists chosen were sixth grade student Angelo Geis and fifth grade students Pablo Reed and Saptarshi Mallick.  In addition, 6th graders Lukas Rauch and Tristan Hand were named alternates with scores in the 98th percentile nationally. 

“These students work incredibly hard day in and day out, and they think outside the box, which helped them rank so high on the preliminary test” math teacher Ken DeMann said.  “They are starting to see their hard work pay off.” 

Students from 42 states took the initial exam to qualify for MathCON, which will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 25. The day-long event brings together both elementary and high school students to compete for cash prizes and national prestige through various math questions and activities. 

“We’re incredibly proud when any of our students earns recognition for their accomplishments, and we’re so excited to have these students represent Fairview at MathCON,” Principal Karen Muilligan said. “The STEM fields are such an important part of the future, and we actively encourage our teachers and students to find fun ways to use STEM inside and outside of the classroom. This is a great honor not only for these students, but also for our school.” 

“It will be a great day of entertainment for the kids,” says Ayhan Caputlu, Director of Math Education at Concept Schools and initiator of MathCON. “I am hoping for a “Big 10” NCAA-type conference model with all the same fanfare and anticipation. We plan to go international in 2 years!”  

In addition to the approximately hour-long test, students at this year’s competition will enjoy a presentation from “mathmagician” Arthur T. Benjamin, enjoy a pizza party with other participants and play an array of STEM-related games. For a full agenda, visit mathcon.org

Next year, MathCON hopes to draw students from all 50 states and continue its goal of challenging students academically and promoting high-quality STEM education. 

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