The 2013 Southern California MATHCOUNTS was held on March 11 at UC Irvine. Venado Middle School edged out Rancho San Joaquin Middle School for the state championship, a title Rancho had held for the past five years. Congratulations to Lia Tian, Phil Chen, and Daniel Lin of the Venado team and Jason Ye and Sandeep Kambhampati of the Rancho San Joaquin team for their accomplishments.

Benjamin Chen finished fourth and Jason Ye finished fifth in the individual competition. Benjamin was also the winner of the countdown round.

Other Ardent students competed in the state competition, including Michelle Hung, Jian Lan, and Amy Zhong of the Tutle Rock Elementary School team; Jennifer Choi and Nicholus Fu of the Oxford Academy team; Angelina Ye of the Sierra Vista team; Eric Yang, Jessica Lee, and Calvin Brown of Rancho San Joaquin Middle School; Mike Bao, Alair Zhao, and Aaron Shih from other chapters in Southern California.

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide program that was designed for middle schoolers to increase their math competency. It is a competition that consists of a regional round, a statewide round, and a national round. Each year, around 350,000 students and 7,500 junior high schools from across the nation are involved in the competition.

A standard MATHCOUNTS competition consists of four rounds: the Sprint Round, the Target Round, the Team Round, and the Countdown Round. The Sprint round is a written exam of 30 problems, the Target Round contains eight mini examination problems, the Team Round is a 10 question exam, and the Countdown Round has contestants go head to head in answering math problems.

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