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South Colonie Middle School Students Participate in Mathcounts

Eleven South Colonie students represented their respective middle schools (Lisha Kill and Sand Creek) at the annual Mathcounts competition on Feb. 4.

Each year, the Capital District Chapter of the National Mathcounts Foundation hosts a local competition for middle school math students at the General Electric Global Research Facility in Niskayuna.  For the 31st consecutive year, the chapter competition offered the best and brightest math students from our area the opportunity to put their math skills to the test in a fun and highly competitive academic environment. 

This year, more than 130 students from all over the Capital District participated in the event.  Although neither South Colonie team finished amongst the top two schools, all of our students should be extremely proud of their effort and the fantastic job they did representing themselves, their schools and our district. The South Colonie students who participated in this year’s competition were:

Lisha Kill Middle School

 Marin Hawley, Ryan Teiper and Trevor Filkins (8th graders) and Christopher Rennells, Jason Mauro, Jennifer Shafer and Lucas Bomba (6th graders) - Lisha Kill team pictures below left

Sand Creek Middle School

 Shakira Chan (8th grader) and Isabella Boardman, Madelyn Terry, and Kristine Kim (7th grader) - Sand Creek team pictured below right

Congratulations should go out to all the South Colonie students who competed this year.

South Colonie alum serves as guest speaker

ALSO worthy of note, guest speaker at the competition was John Lizzi (middle photo below), a former Sand Creek student and 1997 graduate of Colonie Central High School. Every year, the Mathcounts Foundation selects an outstanding member of the Engineering community to speak to the students who participate in the competition.

To have a South Colonie alum serve as the honored guest really made an impression on the students and parents we had in attendance at the event.  John is a G.E. engineer actively involved in several projects associated with Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. His selection as the guest speaker is an indication of how well-respected he is within the National Society of Professional Engineers, the group who founded the Mathcounts Foundation more than 30 years ago.

Lisha Kill Mathcounts participants Mathcounts speaker at podium Sand Creek Mathcounts team