Westmont Hilltop Middle School MATHCOUNTS® team won the 31st annual Johnstown Regional Competition sponsored by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. A total of 12 schools and approximately 100 students participated in this year’s competition. The winning Westmont Hilltop Middle School is coached by Jeffrey Papcun. The four team members are: Ethan Dubnansky, son of John and Erin Dubnansky; Grayson Moyer, son of Brian and Heather Moyer; Patrick Brown, son of Eric and Shanna Brown; and Leo Cosgrove, son of Rich and Christine Cosgrove.
The Individual winners are 1st Place, Ethan Dubnansky, Westmont Hilltop Middle School, son of John and Erin Dubnansky; 2nd Place, Grayson Moyer, Westmont Hilltop Middle School, son of Brian and Heather Moyer; 3rd Place, Jared Herbert, Conemaugh Township (Coach, Tracy Durica), son of David and Michele Herbert; and, 4th Place, Jake Baumbaugh, Richland (Coach, Kelly Smiach), son of Adam and Terry Baumbaugh. Conemaugh Township, coached by Tracy Durica, placed second in the team category. The winning team from Westmont Hilltop Middle School and the individual winners will advance to the Pennsylvania state competition in Harrisburg on March 7 and 8. 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 were guests of honor at the annual PSPE Engineers’ Week banquet on February 18, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. At the dinner the students were recognized for their accomplishments.
As a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students, MATHCOUNTS® prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 7 million students across the country have participated in the MATHCOUNTS® program.
The local program is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Engineering Technology Division, and sponsored by CME Management, LLC, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, 1st Summit Bank, HF Lenz Company, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)-Johnstown Chapter, Keller Engineers, Inc., Somerset Trust Company, Slovenian Savings & Loan Association, SportsmanS, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Leadership of the local MATHCOUNTS® program is provided by members of the Johnstown Chapter of PSPE (Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers).
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 is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).