Taichi Kuriyama plans to take the national MathCounts competition by storm

MathCounts, a national competition aimed at increasing motivation and rigor for the mathematically inclined student, prepares for its big national competition in Washington D.C. next month. A GMSD eighth grader, who placed first in the State of Tennessee, will travel to compete for the national title.

At the beginning of the year, students interested in competitive math teams at Houston Middle School were given an entrance test. Of the top twelve students at the school to make the team, Taichi Kuriyama showed much promise. “Kuriyama is an excellent math student,” explains teacher sponsor Karla Templeton, “but he did NOT like to talk in front of a crowd”. Besides solving complicated problems accurately, students must do them quickly and buzz in with answers before an audience and panel of judges.

At their first competition against schools across the County, Kuriyama placed third individually —which he said only inspired him to work harder and improve his game skills. Third place at the regional competition qualified him to compete at the State MathCounts competition in Nashville. Ready for the fast paced action and the public speaking, Taichi took first place (as an individual) in the State competition. He’ll travel on May 8th to Washington D.C. to the national MathCounts competition. There, Kuriyama will join the other four Tennessee representatives for the contest along with 224 students from across the country.
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