A middle school mathlete from Winburn Middle School took home a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from Western Kentucky University on Saturday after winning the local Mathcounts competition at the University of Kentucky.
Kathleen Yang, the top individual scorer, also won a $500 scholarship from Kentucky Mathcounts.
In all, 138 students from 19 area middle schools competed in the local competition, which is part of a national program aimed at helping prepare students for future careers in math, science, medicine, engineering and technology.
Theo Livas from Winburn and Angeline He from Lexington Traditional Magnet School placed second and third, respectively, winning four-year $1000 and $500 WKU scholarships.
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The Winburn team, coached by Dan Jenkins, took home first place in the team competition. In addition to Yang and Livas, the team consisted of Ben Xie and Thirushan Wigna-Kumar.
West Jessamine Middle School's team, David Lee, Peter Kim, Jerod Crockett and Jonah Dixon, placed second.
The Lexington Traditional Magnet School team — Angeline He, Emily Liu, Parin Rekhraj and Hemanth Sontenam — placed third.
Aside from those teams, other individuals advanced to the state competition, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville on March 31.
They are: Thomas Huang, CiCi Mao and David Ma of Winburn; Angela Vichitbandha and Lucy Yang of Beaumont Middle School; Benjamin Lindemuth of Bluegrass Homeschoolers; and Ethan Tan of Tates Creek Middle School.
The top four individuals at the state competition will be offered four-year, full tuition scholarships to UK or the University of Louisville, and they will advance to the national contest in Orlando, Fla.