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The Memorial Middle School MathCounts team (L-R) of Sathya Pedapudi, Brandon Villadolid, Katherine Salsbury, Gabriel Pessoa, and Joe Salsbury, MMS Parent Volunteer Math Coach, was one of six schools in the state of Connecticut who qualified for the team-based competition at this year's MathCounts event.  For the second year in a row, the group of four students competing as a team representing MMS finished first place in the Northwest Connecticut division, qualifying the team to represent MMS, Region 15 and the entire Northwest Connecticut Chapter of MATHCOUNTS at the Connecticut state MATHCOUNTS competition at the University of Hartford in March. 

The 2023-2024 Memorial Middle School (MMS) Math Team completed another impressive season competing in the MATHCOUNTS competition. MATHCOUNTS is a national organization whose mission is to provide engaging math programs for middle school students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes about math and problem-solving. It is the largest middle school math competition

The 2023-2024 “Mathletes” from MMS are Shaylee Bradley, Ayana Chaudhary, Naser Chaudhry, Marian Chesney-House, Andrew Cuminale, Quinn Goodrich, Anika Kelloji, Ishaan Nalla, Vivian Nalla, Katherine Parkhurst, Sathya Pedapudi, Gabriel Pessoa, Katherine Salsbury, Ruth Salsbury, Riya Vikram, Brandon Villadolid, and Ayato Williams. They are coached by Donna Horbachuk, MMS math teacher, and Joe Salsbury, a MMS parent volunteer.

The seventeen students and coaches met weekly throughout the school year in preparation for the annual MATHCOUNTS competition. 

Twelve members of the team, competing as eight individuals and one team of four students, participated in the regional MATHCOUNTS competition held at Fairfield University in early February.  At this competition, Brandon Villadolid received the top individual score in the entire Northwest Connecticut division and for the second year in a row, the MMS team finished first place in the Northwest Connecticut division. This finish qualified the team to represent MMS, Region 15 and the entire Northwest Connecticut Chapter of MATHCOUNTS at the Connecticut state MATHCOUNTS competition at the University of Hartford in March.  MMS was only one of six schools in the state of Connecticut who qualified for the team-based competition at this event.  

The team of four students, Sathya Pedapudi, Gabriel Pessoa, Katherine Salsbury, and Brandon Villadolid trained hard for this competition, and it showed in their scores at the event.  While the team did not win the state competition, they had fun and had a great experience there including getting to hear a college math professor give a lecture about game theory.  As Katherine Salsbury shared, “it is about the journey not the destination."  Coach Donna Horbachuk added, "It has been a privilege to work with all of the students on the Memorial Middle School Math Team. We are proud of all of them.  We especially want to thank our eighth graders, Shaylee Bradley, Marian Chesney-House, Ishaan Nalla, Katherine Salsbury, and Brandon Villadolid for all of their hard work, leadership and engagement and wish them well as they move on to high school."  Coach Joe Salsbury added, "All seventeen members of this team have grown tremendously this year.  I am so grateful that Mrs. Horbachuk asked me to help out this year and look forward to seeing how these students can continue to grow for the rest of the year and into next year."

“Region 15 is blessed with a great community of parents, teachers, and coaches who believe in our students, are willing to share their time and provide countless opportunities for our students to intensively prepare for competition at different levels against the states’ best math students in an awesome competition. This competition is an opportunity to elevate the prestige of middle school mathematic achievements and bring awareness of our students’ accomplishments to our communities. Congratulations to all our students for their achievements and to the MMS MathTeam on another successful season. We are lucky to have such a group of hard-working and talented students in our district,” said Jay Perez, Region 15 Math Coach.

Additional information about the MATHCOUNTS program can be found at https://www.mathcounts.org/.