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Winners Named in National Math Competition at RIT/NTID

April 22, 2009

Math competition winners announced
For Immediate Release
Contact: Greg.Livadas@rit.edu
(585) 475-6217 (V/TTY)

Winners Named in National Math Competition at RIT/NTID

Rochester, N.Y. – More than 90 students with hearing loss from 13 states participated in the RIT Math Competition for Students with Hearing Loss. The competition, featuring MATHCOUNTS problems, was held April 4 at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the RIT campus in Rochester, New York.
This competition – specifically for middle school students who are deaf or hard of hearing – is designed to promote math as fun and engaging.
The competition had three rounds that tested speed, accuracy, teamwork and additional “mathletic” skills. All winners received a plaque and trophy; first-place winners also received $100; second-place winners received $75 and third-place winners received $50.

Top scorers
• First place: Ted Zoerner, Venado Middle School, Irvine, Calif.
• Second place: Vivian Chen, Haggard Middle School, Plano, Texas.
• Third place: Jason Antal, Florida School for the Deaf, St. Augustine, Fla.

Top Teams
• First place: Texas School for the Deaf, Austin (Maggie Kopp, Ilan Ben-Moshe, John McClymond and Chad Cummings).
• Second place: Haggard Middle School, Plano, Texas (Vivian Chen, Casey Lyon, Sam Bowerman and Margaret Teague).
• Third place: Venado Middle School, Irvine, Calif. (Ted Zoerner, Tyler Pugeda and Carly Zwick).

Top Scorer
• Maggie Kopp, Texas School for the Deaf, Austin.

Team with most spirit
• Top Team: Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville (Austin Bernal, Rebecca Hoffman, Jacob Bowen and Lorenzo Turner).
• Honorable mention: Texas School for the Deaf, Austin (Maggie Kopp, Ilan Ben-Moshe, John McClymond and Chad Cummings).

MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. This competition was partially underwritten by a generous grant from the Sprint Foundation.
RIT is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging technology, fine and applied arts, and for providing unparalleled access and support services for students with hearing loss. NTID, one of RIT’s eight colleges, enables its 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing college students from around the world to study, live and socialize with 15,000 hearing students. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. Visit www.rit.edu/NTID/newsroom for more NTID news.

MEDIA NOTE: Photographs of the winners listed above are available.

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