Fulton Science Academy’s Middle School Math Team celebrates first place win at Georgia MATHCOUNTS Competition.
This year's competition was at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody on March 18.
FSA Students Ethan Gao, Richard Yu and, Kevin Yuan and Math Department Head and Team Coach Sema Duzyol,will head to the national competition in Orlando in May.
Only the top four students from each state are invited to participate in the National MATHCOUNTS Competition. The coach from the state’s first place team is given the opportunity to lead the Georgia team to the national competition.
Fulton Science Academy marks its fourth consecutive year having at least one student and its coach advance to the national level.
“I am thrilled to be coaching Georgia’s MATHCOUNTS Team and to be representing Georgia at the National Tournament four years in a row," said Sema Duzyol.
According to Duzyol, the "team qualified to National MATHCOUNTS for the first time in May 2016."
FSA students also achieved individual recognition with Ethan Gao placing first, Richard Yu, second; Kevin Yuan, fourth and Nick Ackaramongkolrotn, ninth. against the best math-letes in the state.
“It is a testament to the dedication of Coach Duzyol to have three students place in the top four finalists at the state competition where they competed against the best minds from every chapter in Georgia,” said Fulton Science Academy Principal Kenan Sener.
Coach Duzyol described each year of competition being "more rigorous" and "more challenging."
"Every year in the last four years, we exponentially increased our performance by actively engaging in intense series of collaborative workshops during summer break, thanksgiving break, winter break, every weekend, and week days which showed the students’ very serious dedication to the tournament," she said.
Duzyol expressed she "could not be more proud of our students."
She describes working with the students as "an inspiration."
"Their shared love of math and the positive manner in which they encourage one another is really something special," said Duzyol.
“We definitely went into this state competition with our sights set on advancing as a whole team,” said FSA Eighth Grade Student and Math Team Member Ethan Gao.
Gao described it was "critical for us to stay focused, calm, and to hammer away at each problem methodically," when competing against other top math-letes.
The National MATHCOUNTS competition, "Math Fun in the Sun" is May 13 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel in Florida.
More information is available at www.mathcounts.org.
Fulton Science Academy is a private school in Alpharetta, aiming to serve "advanced and gifted students," pre-kindergarten through high school.
More information is available at www.fultonscienceacademy.org.