Raytheon is hosting the MATHCOUNTS National Competition this weekend in Washington, D.C., where 224 of the nation’s top middle schools will compete to earn the titles of 2011 National Champion and National Champion Team.
MATHCOUNTS has partnered with ESPN, which will broadcast the competition on ESPN3.com and will reach 70 million homes. The competition will also be available on 21 million U.S. college campuses and military bases.
MATHCOUNT’s Nebraska state champions and national competitors, 13 year-old twins Erin and Emma Cooney will participate in math warm-ups on LIVE! With Regis & Kelly on May 5 to generate awareness for the competition.
Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson said the mathletes, as well as their coaches, teachers and parents should be proud of the accomplishment of advancing to the national competition.
“Raytheon is honored to provide these outstanding students and the subject of math itself, a well-deserved spotlight in our nations capital and on national television,” he said.
The top 224 schools in the competition advanced over more than 100,000 schools nationwide, including the Defense Department and State Department schools.
The individual MATHCOUNTS National Champion and members of the winning team will receive a Donald G. Weinert scholarship to any college of his or her choice and a trip to the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.
The competition will be held the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., on May 5-8.