Saturday, March 9, 2013

Alex At The 2013 State MATHCOUNTS Competition



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MATHCOUNTS...
a direct math competiton
for grades 6th through 8th.

At the State level...
a simultaneous competition for Northern Nevada...
and Southern Nevada takes place...
the scores are compiled...
then announcements are made for the top competitors in the state...
for individuals, and for teams.


First of all...
Alex did such an impressive job on this day.

Alex's competitors were an impressive group of young men and women.

So, how did Alex do in his placement?

More on that later on in this article...
first...some build up  :)

The day started out at 6:45 A.M.

Alex had awakened and had eaten some breakfast.

We left home at 7:40...
and arrived at the State MATHCOUNTS competition site just 20 minutes later.



Alex playing one of his favorite iPad applications...
The Grading Game...
on the way to the competition.


We had arrived early and settled in until the rest of the Coral Academy team arrived.


Alex's math teacher is putting on his name tag on his new team shirt.


The 2013 Coral Academy MATHCOUNTS team
(they are holding their regional 3rd place team win trophies).

His math teacher is on the left...
Alex is in 7th grade...
the two in the middle are 8th graders...
and the one on the right is a 6th grader
(she did well to have made it this far).


Alex coming into the parent's waiting room at the conclusion of his final round of testing.



Alex eating a snack after his testing.


Alex just relaxing until the beginning of the announcements for the top 8 placements
in Northern Nevada and the beginning of the head to head count down round.

As you can see...
I am more stressed than is Alex  :)

Although I knew Alex had done well in his 3 rounds of competition testing...
I hadn't known how well.

This year...as in last year...
The Davidson Academy fielded a large number of participants.

For Alex to be in direct competition with such brilliant children once again... 
is such an honor for him.

The students of The Davidson Academy are all profoundly gifted
and they always do well in academic competitions...
as would be expected.

They are the individuals, and the team, to beat.



All of the competitors were called into the count down round competition room...
where the top 8 in Northern Nevada would go head to head in single elimination.

Although the official standings of the competitors 
are not affected by this countdown round...
it is a public competition of the top 8 in speed of calculation...
most of which is done in the head.


This year...as in last year...
The Davidson Academy took 6 of the 8 slots for the count down round...
and Coral Academy of Science took the other 2 slots.

Alex, and the other young man from his team, made the top 8.

At this point, we hadn't known the placings of any of the top 8.

How well Alex had done was not known to us until after the countdown round.


They are announcing the last of the competitors to sit at the top 8 table.


The staff are preparing the tournament board for the first heats.

For Alex's first round...
he was matched up with his teammate.

Each had electronic buzzers to announce the readiness to answer the question...
with an absolute time limit of 45 seconds per question.


Alex had won that round (the best of three questions)
and was advanced to the next heat.

At this point...
Alex was the only Coral Academy of Science competitor left.

For the rest of the heats (2 more)...
Alex would have to face off with the Davidson Academy Students.

Also for the rest of the heats...
it was the competitor with the first 3 correct answers for the win.

In his next heat...
Alex faced off with a very bright student...
one who is very evenly matched with Alex in his other math competition scores.

Alex had won this match...
and he advanced to the finals.

His next competitor was an absolutely brilliant young man...
as we would later find out.

He had taken first in Northern Nevada...
and was advancing to the Nationals as a team member.

He had taken third overall in the State.



What had happened in this count down round is right out of the original Rocky movie.

Alex was going in as the underdog (Rocky :)

He was facing the champ...
and it was an epic battle of fine mathematical minds.

First one would get an answer right...
then the other one would...
tied...one to one.

Then one would get another answer right...
and then the other got one right...
tied...two to two.

The competition developed into a sudden death scenario.

Whoever got the next correct answer...won.

At the end of the contest...
the champ had won...
but Alex was still standing...
he had shown his mettle in intellectual combat.

Alex had gone toe to toe with the champ the whole way.
He had fought valiantly with a courageous and committed heart.

What a show it was!


Now for Alex's standing.

Alex had placed 2nd in Northern Nevada...
and he placed 6th in the State.


For the teams...

The Davidson Academy took first in the state.

Hyde Park of Las Vegas had taken 2nd place.

Coral Academy of Science (Las Vegas) had taken 3rd place.

Coral Academy of Science (Reno) had taken 5th place.



For individual placements in the State...


1st - 2nd...Hyde Park of Las Vegas

3rd...The Champ from the Davidson Academy

4th -  5th....Hyde Park of Las Vegas

6th...Alex from Coral Academy of Science (Reno)


The Champ had gone out in true style.
This was his last year to compete...
as he is an 8th grader.

As a 7th grader...
Alex has one more year to improve and to compete.

I don't know how many from Hyde Park were 8th graders...
but if all were...
that makes Alex the number one contender for next year.

 Rocky II???

We will have to see.

As always, regardless...
Alex will train with true dedication...
and he will show up in top shape.

He will fight his heart out...
and he will neither bear ill will...
nor will he be the bearer of excuses.

He has the heart of a true champion...
as he had so grandly demonstrated on this great day.

Am I Proud?...
lets just say that I had to turn sideways to exit the door  :)

Alex continually makes my chest fill with such great pride...
not merely by his continually improved performance...
but in his steadfast and earnest daily training.

This is where battles are ultimately won or lost.

Battles are won, not on the field...
but in the training halls.


After this event...
we went to one of our favorite Sushi restaurants for a late lunch.


Appetizers arrived.


Alex playing his iPad as he enjoys his meal.


Alex enjoying his dessert.

Just as in all things well earned...
 this dessert must have been especially delicious for him.

I must reiterate...
Alex's performance today was nothing short of phenomenal.

I shall long remember his epic final battle...
especially the rapidity of his mental calculations under pressure
(which had astounded even me...and I am used to his speed).

Alex simply continues to amaze me with his drive...
his self discipline...
his bravery in the face of great competition...
his great love of learning...
his great passion for everything in life.



Alex had earned the rest of today off.

He may just relax and reflect...
for on the morrow...
he begins his training once again.



11 comments:

  1. Quick thing to Note:

    The winning student from the Davidson Academy actually received third in state and not first (though we are still proud of his achievements). We can only hope to better next time!

    Hope you make it into Davidson this year Alex! That way, we can work as a team - and try to beat Hyde Park again!

    And Congratulations on your achievements in Mathcounts as well!

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    1. You were correct. I don't know how I had mixed up my information. The article has been amended. Thank you for the correction.

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  3. Oh my! You captured the excitement of the moment very well. Alex certainly did do phenomenally well. Congrats to Alex! (And that sushi looks like a fitting reward!)

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  5. Just to let you Know, The 5th place, my best bud was in 7th last year so he will be coming back. ALSO, lets not get ahead of myself, I got 7th, 1 spot after Alex and I was also in 7th SO I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!!!

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  7. Then Alex should be seeing you on the state team going to the Nationals. Should anyone defeat him...I will know that they truly deserve it...and how brilliant he or she is. Congratulations on both, your friend's placement, and on yours. Again, all three of you have a great chance to work together on the 4 place State of Nevada team going to the Nationals.

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  8. Thanks! I Look forward to mathing it out with Alex

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  9. He will see you there. I am sure you will be a very tough competitor.

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  10. Thanks. Practice makes more practice.

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