Kennedy math team wins state competition, advances 2 students to nationals

<p>Courtesy of Naperville District 203.</p>

Courtesy of Naperville District 203.

The Kennedy Junior High math team won first place in a state math competition and will send two students to nationals. Read the full release below.

The Kennedy Junior High Math Team took First Place in the state MATHCOUNTS competition March 8 and two Kennedy students will head to the national competition in May.
The two students, Nicky Sun and Allen Chen, will advance as part of the Illinois team to the national competition May 8-11 in Orlando. They qualified by scoring in the top four on individual written rounds.
The Kennedy team captured First Place out of 62 schools in the state contest, besting Whitney Young Academic Center (2nd) and University of Chicago Lab School (3rd).
The team was made up of four students: Allen Chen, Nicky Sun, Melissa Mu and Howie Guo and alternate Albert Lu. In addition, the school brought two individual competitors: Karen Ge and Jason Xia. The group competed as individuals against 270 students from across the state. The individual places are as follows:
1st Nicky Sun
3rd Allen Chen
5th Melissa Mu
6th Karen Ge
7th (tie) Albert Lu
15th Jason Xia
17th Howie Guo
The two national contenders will join two others students – one from Daniel Wright Jr. High School
and the other from the U of C Lab School – to represent Illinois. Coach of the Kennedy team and the state team is Kennedy teacher Suzanne Croco.
MATHCOUNTS is the most prestigious math competition for middle school students. During the contests, students engage in exciting, “bee-style” competitions testing his or her meddle on difficult math problems and concepts. The goal of the program is to inspire students in the fields of mathematics.

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