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Heritage’s Eighth-Grade Team Headed to Mathcounts State Finals

By THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAFF, WITH CONTRIBUTION FROM LPS

March 7, 2014 at 1:29 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Recently, a few Livingston students competed in Mathcounts, a mathematical competition for middle school students. The contest consists of problem-solving making use of associated mathematical concepts like analytic geometry, algebra, and statistics and data. Students engage in "bee-style" contests, in which they compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national levels, students can win thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.

This year, Heritage’s eighth-grade team comprising Evan Tong, Carrie Li, Richard Wen, and Selene Li, with alternates David Lin, Varun Maheshwari, Jason Wang, and Catherine Yu, is headed to the Mathcounts state finals, which will be held on March 15 at Rutgers University.

On Feb. 8, at the North Central Region event, two Livingston students competed against more than 200 students, with Carrie Li placing second and Varun Maheshwari placing sixth.

The following sixth-graders from Mt. Pleasant Middle School also competed: Dina Brustein, Rishab Gosalia, Karen Hu, Ian Hurrel, Meer Kenia, Amanda Mei, Ishan Saxena, Preston Xu and Max Xu, who won Best in School.