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Supersmart "Mathletes" Face Off in National Competition

PA team includes first girl to win the state's middle school math championship


If you're like me, word problems on a math test were something that filled you with dread. Like the one below. Now start a timer and pretend like you're on Final Jeopardy. How quickly could you figure out the answer?

14-year old Suyash Pandit of Portland, Oregon came up with the answer in 6 seconds (the answer is "1" by the way!). It's one of the questions -- answered head-to-head before an auditorium of his peers -- that earned Suyash runner up in the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando Florida Monday. Daniel Mai, a 13-year old eighth grader from Acton, Massachusetts was the winner. In the team competition Massachusetts also finished first.

Massachusetts team won national MATHCOUNTS competition.

More than 90,000 students participated in local and state math competitions that led to this weekend's event and ended Monday with the championship round. "I love that math is a language. I love that math allows us to predict the future," said actor and emcee Wil Wheaton, most known for his roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation , and The Big Bang Theory , and in the film Stand by Me.

"To all of our Mathletes, you are remarkable human beings." Actor Wil Wheaton

Over the weekend, competitors took tests to rank the top 10 teams and top individual competitors, who faced off in Monday's live competition. Although neither the team nor the individuals from Pennsylvania finished in the top 10, 12- year old Vivian Loh has something to celebrate. Vivian, a 7th grader at Winchester Thursday School in Pittsburgh is the first-ever girl to win Pennsylvania state champion!

The Pennsylvania team is announced in Orlando.

Click here read more about her and watch a video on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website. And click here to watch the entire final competition streamed on ESPN's website.

(Images: ESPN stream )

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