Two Lincoln Middle students qualify for national math championship

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

Two of the four students in Florida to qualify for the 2021 MATHCOUNTS National Competition are from Lincoln Middle School. 

Eighth-graders Philip Matchev and Andrew Xing had to earn top scores on a series of qualifying exams to advance to the national competition, which will be held this year from May 8th through the 10th.  The winner and other top finishers in that competition will earn college scholarships.

Matchev took second place overall in Florida, while Xing took third place.

Typically, qualifiers from the state level win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national competition. Due to COVID, this year’s event will be held online.

The national competition includes four rounds. They include a Sprint Round, in which students must complete 30 math problems in 40 minutes without a calculator. There’s the Target Round, in which students have 24 minutes to solve four pairs of problems. In the Team Round, students solve ten problems in 20 minutes as a team, working with the other qualifiers from their state. Finally, in the Countdown Round competitors have a maximum of 45 seconds to solve each of a series of problems without a calculator.

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This is the fifth time in the last nine years that students from Lincoln Middle have qualified for the MATHCOUNTS National Competition, which is aimed at promoting math achievement among the nation’s middle school students. It’s also the first time that two students from Lincoln have qualified in the same year.

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