The Lincoln Middle School team won the statewide MATHCOUNTS competition for the fifth time in the past six events on Wednesday.
According to an Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) announcement, the five Lincoln students also won the Florida state science bowl in recent weeks. Lincoln’s team has taken first in the past six MATHCOUNTS competitions—minus 2020 and 2021 when the state did not hold the event.
Four of the five Lincoln students advanced to the competition’s top 10 countdown round while no other school had more than one that made it to that level. Students who make it to the countdown round earn additional points for their team.
The top four matheletes in the May state competition advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C. as a team, so Lincoln’s Michael Wei (third place overall) and Anish Patel (fourth place overall) will be on Team Florida.
The five Lincoln students—all 8th graders—on the team included Wei, Patel, Adityaa Ravi, Bryan Zheng, Jimmy Jiang and Saber Lian. Ravi took eighth place overall at the competition and Jiang, who was an alternate, finished 10th. Saber qualified for the event as an individual and not as part of the team.
Jennifer Frazier, the Buchholz guidance counselor/database manager, sponsored the team. The students took classes at Buchholz High School in the morning and at Lincoln in the afternoon.