The Westmont Hilltop Middle School Mathcounts team won the 29th annual Johnston Regional Competition sponsored by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE). A total of 17 schools and approximately 140 students participated in this year’s event, which was held Feb. 11 on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
Members of the winning team were Sam Barry, son of Timothy and Mary Barry; Daniel Kevenk, son of Kenan and Julie Kevenk; David Williams, son of David and Tammy Williams, and Hunter Williams, son of Richard Williams and Patti Stefanick. The team is coached by Jeffrey Papcun.
The individual winners were: Peter Hu, Richland Jr. Sr. High School, son of Dr. Hai Hu and Dr. Ling Liang, coached by Kelly Smiach; and Doug Bender, Saltsburg Middle School, son of Tim Bender and Shelly Curry, coached by Stephanie Jake. The team from Westmont Hilltop Middle School and the individual winners will advance to the Pennsylvania state competition being held March 23-24 in Harrisburg, Pa. The students will be competing against the top finalists of the 23 regional competitions that are held in Pennsylvania. Winners of the state competition go on to the national competition in May.
The students and their coaches will be the guests of honor at the annual PSPE Engineers’ Week banquet being held on February 22 at Pitt-Johnstown.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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