Middle Schoolers Add Wins in Regional Math Competition at Pitt-Johnstown


posted February 15, 2017

Westmont Hilltop High School MATHCOUNTS® team won the 34th annual Johnstown Regional Competition sponsored by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. 

The competition took place February 11, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. 

Daniel Kukula of Blairsville Middle School, the overall first-place finisher, won a $500 scholarship from Pitt-Johnstown.

Twelve schools and about 100 students participated in this year’s competition. The winning Westmont Hilltop is coached by Jeffrey Papcun. The four team members are: Kallie Williams, daughter of David and Tammy Williams; Anthony Hassett, son of Peter and Monica Hassett; Maggie Piro, daughter of Shawn and Tracy Piro; and, Lakyn Davis, daughter of Thomas and Hope Davis.

The Individual winners are Daniel Kukula 1st Place / Blairsville Middle School, son of Hank and Amy Marilyn Kukula – Patricia Dodson, Coach; - Connor Wysocki 2nd Place, Forest Hills, son of Ernie and Jill Wysocki – Coach, Dominic Vescovi; Hank Skirboll, 3rd Place / Blairsville Middle School, son of Aaron and Jamie Skirboll - Patricia Dodson, Coach; and, Liam Delaney 4th Place / Richland School District – Amanda Petrosky and Valerie Bailey, Coaches. The team from Westmont and the top four individual winners will advance to the Pennsylvania state competition in Harrisburg, PA on March 10-11. 

The students will compete against the top finalists of the 23 regional competitions that are held in Pennsylvania. Winners of the state competition go on to the national competition in May.

As a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students, MATHCOUNTS® prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 7 million students across the U.S. have participated in the MATHCOUNTS® program.

The program is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Engineering Division, and sponsored by: Bock’s Tops Screen Printing, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber, CJL Engineering, CME Management, LLC, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, East Hills Engineering Associates, 1st Summit Bank, H.F. Lenz Company, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) -Johnstown Chapter, Keller Engineers, Inc., Slovenian Savings & Loan Association, Somerset Trust Company, The EADS Group, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Leadership of the local MATHCOUNTS® program is provided by members of the Johnstown Chapter of PSPE (Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers).

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.