For Immediate Release - June 06, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK CONGRATULATES MATHCOUNTS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

BOSTON – Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today congratulated the Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS team which were recently named the 2012 national champions.

MATHCOUNTS State House Visit
Team members from front left to right: Alec Sun of Lexington, Niket Gowravaram of Acton, Matt Lipman of Lexington and James Lin of Winchester. Pictured in back left to right: Secretary of Education Paul Reville, CEO of Raytheon William Swanson, Governor Deval Patrick and coach/teacher Josh Frost of Lexington. (Photo: Jeremiah Robinson / Governor's Office)

“I congratulate these students on their success and thank them for representing the Commonwealth on a national level,” said Governor Patrick. “Massachusetts leads the nation in mathematics and we will continue our high level of investment in education to reach our full potential as a Commonwealth.”

“Congratulations to the MATHCOUNTS team for this achievement, adding to the Commonwealth’s national recognition as a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “By promoting STEM education at an early age, we can further excite students to prepare for careers in STEM related fields and compete in our 21st century innovation economy.

MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement throughout the United States. The program was established 29 years ago to inspire excellence, confidence, and curiosity in middle school students; provide them with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers; and ensure the nation’s global competitiveness. Raytheon is one of the primary national sponsors of MATHCOUNTS, and the company has provided significant financial support over the course of multiple years.

The MATHCOUNTS national championship was held May 10 – 13 in Walt Disney World. The Massachusetts team advanced beyond approximately 100,000 middle school students from more than 6,000 schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories as well as winning their school, local and state competitions.

The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to strengthening STEM education in the Commonwealth. In 2009, Governor Patrick signed an Executive Order creating the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council to increase collaboration, coordination and results in STEM education, jobs and workforce development. The council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Murray, released the state’s first STEM Plan at the 2010 STEM Summit. Since the plan’s implementation, Lieutenant Governor Murray and the council have organized regional networks and infrastructure across the state to move STEM policies towards the goals and benchmarks outlined in the plan. Massachusetts has received national recognition as a nationwide leader in STEM from the National Governor’s Association, Change the Equation and Innovate+Educate.

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