Making Math Count

Schools and Libraries

February 13, 2014



A group of 10 Long Beach Middle School students recently took part in the Nassau County Mathcounts Competition at Hofstra University. The students were chosen from the top sixth- and seventh-graders in the middle school's Mathcounts program. Competing against schools from all over the county, the Long Beach team of Alyscia Batista, Talia Fernandez, Chris Huayanay, Joshua Kapilian, Sophia Munier, Harrison Phillips, Erik Roll, Sophia Valentin, Dymtro Vremenko and Brett Weiner finished in eighth place. Joshua placed 12th overall in the individual scoring.


Mathcounts is a national program whose goal is to inspire excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students, providing them with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Sixth- and seventh-graders at Long Beach Middle School who receive exceptional scores on the New York State math assessments participate in Mathcounts as an enrichment class, exploring mathematical concepts beyond their normal grade level. Students work under the guidance of teacher Candice Wittmer.