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April 09, 2018 at 8:04 AM

Senior Qualifies for MathCON 2018 National Finals

Grayson Nelson (12) has qualified to compete in the National MathCON 2018 Finals in Chicago, Illinois, on May 5 at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Forum.  More than 50,000 students from across the nation in grades 5-12, including home-schooled, charter, public and private school students, competed in the online competition held from Jan. 22 to March 2.


Of the competitors, 576 students are invited to advance to the finals where they will be going head to head in a 90-minute timed test with 70 questions including multiple choice and constructed response. The MathCON competition questions include several mathematical disciplines including algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems and pre-calculus.  Among the 576 finalists chosen was Nelson, a senior at Sturgis Brown High School.


“We’re incredibly proud when any of our students earn recognition for their accomplishments, and we’re so excited to have Grayson Nelson qualify for the MathCON national finals,” Mr. Pete Wilson said. “The STEM field is such an important part of the future, and we actively encourage our teachers and students to find fun ways to use STEM inside and outside of the classroom. This is a great honor not only for Grayson but also for Sturgis Brown High School.”  In addition to Grayson’s national finals qualification, 28 of the 51 SBHS students who participated received an honorable mention distinction. 


The day-long finals event will bring together elementary, middle and high school students to compete for various prizes and national prestige through various math questions and activities. In addition to the finals testing, students at this year’s competition will enjoy a mathematics magic show by renowned magician, Tom London-Tech Magician, a variety of interactive mathematics games, entertainment by Chicago DJ Ryan and a pizza party with other participants. For a full agenda, visit


At Finals, the National Finalists (top student in each grade 5-12) will receive a cash prize of $300.  The Gold medal winners will receive $200; Silver medal winners will win $100; and Bronze Medal winners will be awarded $50.  This year, the top 576 student finalists are representing 29 states and are traveling from as far away as California, New York, Alaska and Rhode Island.