Bridget Braley, Anderson Murray, Matthew Schwarting, Oscar Lamb and Evan Converse participated in the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Feb. 10. (Photo courtesy of MATHCOUNTS)

Bridget Braley, Anderson Murray, Matthew Schwarting, Oscar Lamb and Evan Converse participated in the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Feb. 10. (Photo courtesy of MATHCOUNTS)

Neighbors briefs

Local student “mathletes” participate in 2024 regional math competition

A team of middle school Mathletes from Montessori Borealis won the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition held Feb. 10. MATHCOUNTS competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers and are an annual Middle School math competition at the local/chapter, state and national level.

A total of four students competed in the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition from Montessori Borealis. Schools could bring one official team of four students participating and additional students competing as official individuals. Unofficial students are also encouraged to participate. Only official contestants are eligible for the State Competition.

Teachers, coaches and students have been preparing for the SE Chapter Competition since early fall. Students competed in written and fast-paced oral matches in subjects which include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners received prizes and trophies.

Members of the winning team from Montessori Borealis, coached by Bridget Braley are: Anderson Murray (4th Place Individual), Matthew Schwarting (3rd Place Individual), Evan Converse (2nd Place Individual), and Oscar Lamb (1st Place Individual). The team will now advance to the State Competition, held virtually on March 23.

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. Sponsors target 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.

MATHCOUNTS is a volunteer nonprofit organization. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers. This year’s volunteers included: engineers Doug Murray, P.E., Brett Wells, P.E., Zach Miller, and high school students- Mahi and Aylin. Alexandra Razor, Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé teacher, helped as a school liaison. Countdown prizes were provided by Juneau’s Imagination Station.

For more information about MATHCOUNTS contact Janice Wells, Southeast Alaska MATHCOUNTS coordinator, at (907) 780-6060.

UAS School of Education ranked among best online programs

The University of Alaska Southeast online graduate education programs ranked in the top 10% of all online programs by US News & World Report College Rankings. This year, UAS ranked 127 out of 1,800 online programs, continuing its upward trajectory in the rankings over the past three years. In 2022, the programs were ranked at 233 and have continued a steady climb, arriving this year in the top 10% of online programs nationally.

“Alaska needs dedicated, qualified teachers and UAS is proving to be the university of choice,” said UAS Chancellor Dr. Aparna Palmer. “It is wonderful to see the hard work of our accomplished faculty and staff being recognised for their expertise and for the quality of work that goes into our education programs.”

UAS offers online programs that meet the needs of those called into teaching and those who are already in the profession. UAS has a long tradition of preparing excellent educators, principals and administrators who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the lives of students. The School of Education offers the flexibility of online programs allowing students to stay in their communities while receiving high-level training and preparation to become the next generation of Alaskan teachers.

“This recognition is a testament to our commitment to educational excellence and innovation,” said Interim Dean of Education Carlee Simon. “Our online programs are designed to empower educators with the skills and knowledge needed to make a lasting impact in classrooms across Alaska and beyond. We are proud to contribute to the growth and success of our educators who are shaping the future of education in our state.”

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