Lake Shore Middle School student Ethan Wang is headed to the national MATHCOUNTS competition just a year after his older brother, Andrew, did the same.
Ethan Wang went on an incredible run at the state competition in Sheboygan March 4, starting the day in eighth place and winning four matches in a row—including one against the reigning state champion—to take the fourth and final qualifying spot. He will head to Orlando to take part in the national MATHCOUNTS competition May 13-15.
“We are very proud of Ethan and all the hard work he has displayed over the past few months in preparation for this competition,” said Kelly Lam, math specialist and coach of the Lake Shore MATHCOUNTS team. “It is pretty amazing to have back-to-back national competitors from the same school, much less the same family. Ethan and the rest of the Lake Shore team have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the competition, and the results speak for themselves.”
Ethan, a seventh-grade student, is in his second year as a member of the Lake Shore MATHCOUNTS team. Participants have been practicing on a weekly basis, meeting every Friday after school to solve a variety of complex math problems. Lake Shore is one of only nine schools in the country that have achieved Gold status with the National Math Club, which is sponsored by MATHCOUNTS.
Andrew, who now attends Homestead High School, has served as volunteer coach for the Lake Shore team. Nine of the school’s students competed at the regional chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at UW-Milwaukee in early February, with Ethan taking first place there to qualify for state.
MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school competitive mathematics program that promotes math achievement through a series of engaging contests. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.mathcounts.org.