An eighth-grader from Lexington, Mass. has been crowned national champion at a Raytheon-sponsored national mathematics contest held in Washington Friday.
Alec Sun from Jonas Clarke Middle School was among 224 middle school-aged participants at the MATHCOUNTS competition held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Raytheon said Friday.
Sun won an $8,000 Donald Weinert College scholarship and a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.
Massachusetts won the championship title in the team category for the second year in a row.
The 224 finalists represented all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to Raytheon.
“After watching them enthusiastically compete at such a high level, I see great potential for these Mathletes to be among our next generation of American innovators in fields like science, technology, engineering and math,” said William Swanson, Raytheon chairman and CEO.
MATHCOUNTS is intended to help students refine their STEM skills and prepare them for careers in the mathematics field.