For the second year in a row, Winburn Middle School student Austin Li won the state Mathcounts competition.
Austin, an eighth-grader, placed first among 159 middle school "mathletes" from around Kentucky at Saturday's Mathcounts contest in Louisville.
Mathcounts competition requires participants to solve mathematical problems individually in written form, then work together as a team. The national program is aimed at increasing interest in math to help develop "a technically literate population essential to U.S. global competitiveness and the quality of life," according to a news release.
Another Lexingtonian, Insik Lee of Beaumont Middle School, placed fourth in the state.
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Because they were in the top four, both boys earned four-year full-tuition scholarships to the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville, as well as an expenses-paid trip to Boston, where they will represent the state in the national Mathcounts competition in May.
Also in the top 10 were Jason Wang of Beaumont, who placed seventh, and Erik Han of Tates Creek Middle School, who finished ninth.
In the team competition, Winburn placed first in the state out of 28 teams, Beaumont placed fourth and Tates Creek finished fifth. Winburn also won the team competition last year.