New Albany News

Wang to compete in national math competition


Sarah Wang will follow in her older sister's footsteps when she travels to Washington, D.C., in May for the national MATHCOUNTS competition.

Her older sister Vickie, now a junior at New Albany High School, participated in the national competition in Orlando, Fla., three years ago.

Wang, 13, an eighth-grader at New Albany Middle School, received third place in the March 9 state MATHCOUNTS competition at Columbus State Community College. Thirty-one teams and 190 students competed.

The top four students now will compete individually and as a team in the national competition May 10.

Wang, the daughter of Grace and David Wang of New Albany, said she has been interested in math for some time and she aspires to be a math professor.

She has been a member of the middle school's MATHCOUNTS club all three years at the school.

Teacher and coach Ginny Nicholson said the club has 30 members, all of whom work different problems in weekly meetings after school to hone their skills.

Wang said she's been to Washington before but has never flown by herself. She said she will be at the national competition May 8-10.

"I hope to make it to the top 50," she said.

Nicholson said the competition includes sets of questions that are done with pencil and paper. Some rounds allow students to use a calculator and others do not. All questions are required to be completed in a certain time period.

The other members of the Ohio team are: Varun Srikanth of Hilliard Memorial Middle School, who placed second in the state; Peter Zhu of Mason Middle School in Mason, who placed first; and Ju Hyun Park of Greene Intermediate School in Cincinnati, who placed fourth. When competing as a team, the four will be coached by Sallie Carney of Mason Middle School.

Their transportation and lodging will be paid for by the Engineers Foundation of Ohio, which sponsors MATHCOUNTS for middle school students.