MATHCOUNTS is the nation's premier math coaching program and contest for middle school mathematics. MIST Academy highly encourages participation for all its students and partnered middle school teachers.

MIST Academy supports and appreciates the contributions of every MATHCOUNTS coach around the country and those who work with American students abroad.


The MIST Academy MATHCOUNTS Experience


To begin to understand MIST Academy's preparation program for MATHCOUNTS, read the following article:

Mathew Crawford is a highly experienced MATHCOUNTS coach, having worked with hundreds of participants, scores of national qualifiers, and around 20 different students who have competed in the final Count Down Round at the national event. His enthusiasm for working with MATHCOUNTS students stems from his days as a mathlete when he was both a perfect scorer at the national championship, member of the only Alabama national championship team, and twice ciphered off for the national title.

In the Introductory Problem Solving course, MIST Academy MATHCOUNTS students will be challenged to learn algebra, counting methods, geometry, number theory, and probability at very high levels in order to reach their potential in competition and in life. Here is a sample of some of the problems in the Introductory Problem Solving curriculum.

Please contact us to find out how your middle schooler can train for MATHCOUNTS as part of the MIST Academy program.


2008 MATHCOUNTS Competitions


2008 Birmingham MATHCOUNTS

The Birmingham area MATHCOUNTS competition was held on Saturday, February 2, with 9 schools and 61 students in attendance. The top school teams were as follows:

  • 1st place -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 2nd place -- Simmons Middle School
  • 3rd place -- Berry Middle School
  • 4th place -- Altamont

The top five individuals on the written round were

  • 1st place -- Wesley Chow (Simmons)
  • 2nd place -- Jerry Hsu (Pizitz)
  • 3rd place -- Stuart Lang (Berry)
  • 4th place -- Botong Ma (Pizitz)
  • 5th place -- Tony Zeng (Pizitz)
MIST Academy is proud to work with several of these students!

The Pizitz and Simmons teams, as well as the top two students from Berry Middle School, qualified to compete at the Alabama state competition on Saturday, March 29 in Mobile. Click here for the schedule and click here for a map to the event.


2008 Alabama MATHCOUNTS

The Alabama state MATHCOUNTS competition was held on Saturday, March 29 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Top teams and individual middle school students competed in this highly challenging event. The top school teams were

  • 1st -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 2nd -- Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School
  • 3rd -- Challenger Middle School
  • 4th -- Simmons Middle School
  • 5th -- Auburn Junior High School
  • 6th -- Randolph School

The top twelve students were

  • 1st -- Tony Zeng (Pizitz)
  • 2nd -- Sid Nanda (Challenger)
  • 3rd -- Nick Sparkman (Challenger)
  • 4th -- Wesley Chow (Simmons)
  • 5th -- Jerry Hsu (Pizitz)
  • 6th -- Won Kyo Oh (Baldwin)
  • 7th -- Austin Haley (St. Ignatius)
  • 8th -- Stuart Lang (Berry)
  • 9th -- Jong Woo Kim (Baldwin)
  • 10th -- Zaki Ahmed (Randolph)
  • 11th -- Christopher Ashburn (Covenant Christian)
  • 12th -- Raisa Chowdhury (Challenger)

The top four students, Tony Zeng, Sid Nanda, Nick Sparkman, and Wesley Chow, competed as the Alabama team at the national MATHCOUNTS competition finishing 43rd place out of 57 teams. Nancy Chilton of Pizitz will be the team coach, and MIST Academy will offer additional support and resources for training these students.

While the Countdown Round is unofficial in Alabama this year, the action proved excited. Tenth place finisher Zaki Ahmed moved up into the semifinals before being defeated by Nick Sparkman. Sparkman defeated Tony Zeng in the final match-up to claim the title.

Special thanks to all the teachers and volunteers, and in particular the coordinators of the state event!


2009 MATHCOUNTS Competitions


2009 Birmingham MATHCOUNTS

The Birmingham area MATHCOUNTS competition was held on Saturday, February 7 at Liberty Park Middle School with 13 schools and 80 students in attendance. The top school teams were as follows:

  • 1st place -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 2nd place -- Simmons Middle School
  • 3rd place -- Berry Middle School
  • 4th place -- Homewood Middle School
  • 5th place -- Alabama School of Fine Arts

The top ten individuals on the written round were

  • 1st place -- Tony Zeng (Pizitz)
  • 2nd place -- Kevin Yang (Berry)
  • 3rd place -- Gene Yu (Pizitz)
  • 4th place -- Elliot Hunter (Berry)
  • 5th place -- Abdullah Tarawneh (Simmons)
  • 6th place -- Grant Smith (Homewood)
  • 7th place -- Jefferson Zou (ASFA)
  • 8th place -- Joey Carton (Simmons)
  • 9th place -- Carter Tilashalski (Berry)
  • 10th place -- Amy Li (Pizitz)

Additionally, Gene Yu was the winner of the Countdown Round.  Congratulations to all these students!


2009 Alabama MATHCOUNTS

The Alabama state MATHCOUNTS competition was held on Saturday, March 28 at Berry Middle School in the Birmingham area. A highly competitive field of teams and individual middle school students competed in this highly challenging event. The top school teams were

  • 1st -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 2nd -- Challenger Middle School
  • 3rd -- Auburn Junior High School
  • 4th -- Randolph School
  • 5th -- Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School

The top twelve students were

  • 1st -- Tony Zeng (Pizitz)
  • 2nd -- John Yoon (Auburn)
  • 3rd -- Asutosh Nanda (Challenger)
  • 4th -- Rickie Jang (Baldwin)
  • 5th -- Botong Ma (Pizitz)
  • 6th -- Zaki Ahmed (Randolph)
  • 7th -- Kevin Yang (Berry)
  • 8th -- Nick Sparkman (Challenger)
  • 9th -- Harrison Burch (Auburn)
  • 10th -- Gene Yu (Pizitz)
  • 11th -- Abdullah Tarawneh (Simmons)
  • 12th -- Animesh Mahapatra (Challenger)

The top four students, Tony Zeng, John Yoon, Asutosh Nanda, and Rickie Jang competed as the Alabama team at the national MATHCOUNTS competition finishing 33rd place out of 57 teams (up 10 spots from the previous year). Tony Zeng finished 42nd overall out of 224 of the nation's finest math students. 

The Countdown Round is unofficial in Alabama.  However, the event was very impressive.  While a minimum of 37 problems are required to finish the event, only 40 were used due to the exceptional accuracy of the students.  Kevin Yang defeated last year's champ Nick Sparkman to claim bragging rights.

Special thanks to all the teachers and volunteers who made the event outstanding for all the students!


2010 MATHCOUNTS Competitions


2010 Birmingham MATHCOUNTS

The 2010 Birmingham Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition was held on Saturday, February 13 at Berry Middle School in the Birmingham area. A highly competitive field of teams and individual middle school students competed in this highly challenging event. The top school teams were

  • 1st -- Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA)
  • 2nd -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 3rd -- Cullman Middle School
  • 4th -- Simmons Middle School
  • 5th -- Bumpus Middle School

The top twelve students were

  • 1st -- Leigh Marie Braswell (Cullman)
  • 2nd -- Ziqi Wang (Pizitz)
  • 3rd -- Devin Sun (ASFA)
  • 4th -- Jimmy Liu (Pizitz)
  • 5th -- Jonathan Hurowitz (ASFA)
  • 6th -- Sina Monfared (ASFA)
  • 7th -- Danny Johns (Simmons)
  • 8th -- Janice Wu (Simmons)
  • 9th -- Sean McComb (Berry)
  • 10th -- Eric Kim (Bumpus)
  • 11th -- Sunny Thodupunuri (Bumpus)
  • 12th -- Jamie Zhang (Pizitz)

Special thanks to Berry Middle School MathCounts coach Susan Clopton for hosting the event and making sure things ran smoothly.


2010 Alabama MATHCOUNTS

The Alabama state MATHCOUNTS competition was held on Saturday, March 27 at Faulkner University in Montgomery. This was the most competitive Alabama MathCounts event in over a decade. The top school teams were

  • 1st -- Challenger Middle School
  • 2nd -- Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School
  • 3rd -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 4th -- Cullman Middle School
  • 5th -- Alabama School of Fine Arts

The top ten students were

  • 1st -- Rickie Jang (Baldwin)
  • 2nd -- Sabrina Chen (Randolph)
  • 3rd -- Animesh Mahapatra (Challenger)
  • 4th -- Asutosh Nanda (Challenger)
  • 5th -- Leigh Marie Braswell (Cullman)
  • 6th -- Sunny Chennupati (Liberty)
  • 7th -- Bill Caraway (Challenger)
  • 8th -- Sina Monfared (ASFA)
  • 9th -- Danny Johns (Simmons)
  • 10th -- Devin Sun (ASFA)

The top four students, Rickie Jang, Sabrina Chen, Animesh Mahapatra, and Asutosh Nanda competed as the Alabama team at the 2010 National MATHCOUNTS competition, placing 19th nationally out of 57 teams, the best result of any Alabama team in many years!


2011 MATHCOUNTS Competitions


2011 Birmingham MATHCOUNTS

The 2011 Birmingham Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition was held on Saturday, February 19 at Simmons Middle School in the Birmingham area. This was perhaps the most competitive math event in Birmingham in many years. The top school teams were

  • 1st -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 2nd -- Bumpus Middle School
  • 3rd -- Altamont
  • 4th -- Berry Middle School
  • 5th -- Simmons Middle School

The top twelve students were

  • 1st -- Linlin Pan (Pizitz)
  • 2nd -- Peter Qiu (Pizitz)
  • 3rd -- Daniel Phillips (Simmons)
  • 4th -- Ankit Bansal (Pizitz)
  • 5th -- Charles Li (Pizitz)
  • 6th -- Philip Wang (Pizitz)
  • 7th -- Danny Johns (Simmons)
  • 8th -- Yunchao Zhang (Pizitz)
  • 9th -- Lucy Wang (Simmons)
  • 10th -- Jason Liu (Pizitz)
  • 11th -- Josh Taggart (Berry)
  • 12th -- Andy Orphanos (Simmons)

Special thanks to Simmons Middle School MathCounts coach Susan Clopton for hosting the event and making sure things ran smoothly.


2011 Alabama MATHCOUNTS

The 2011 Alabama MATHCOUNTS competition took in Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday, March 19 at the Raytheon Corporation. The top school teams were

  • 1st -- Pizitz Middle School
  • 2nd -- Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School
  • 3rd -- Randolph School
  • 4th -- Liberty Middle School
  • 5th -- Bumpus Middle School

The top ten students were

  • 1st -- Rickie Jang (Baldwin)
  • 2nd -- Charles Li (Pizitz)
  • 3rd -- Sunny Chennupati
  • 4th -- Sabrina Chen (Randolph)
  • 5th -- Linlin Pan (Pizitz)
  • 6th -- Peter Qiu (Pizitz)
  • 7th -- Ruchir Rastogi (Baldwin)
  • 8th -- Jaker Yang (Libery)
  • 9th -- Ankit Bansal (Pizitz)
  • 10th -- Philip Wang (Pizitz)

The top four students, Rickie Jang, Charles Li, Sunny Chennupati, and Sabrina Chen competed as the Alabama team at the 2011 National MATHCOUNTS competition, placing 26th nationally out of 56 teams.