A group of Candlewood students knows the formula for success.
Led by teacher Julie Gacek and coach Biley Liao, eight talented math students are eliminating the competition and adding awards to their names as they compete in local and regional MathCounts competitions.
MathCounts is a highly competitive math program and only the top 3 teams in Suffolk County are invited to compete at the state level. Gacek and Bailey meet with the team of mathematicians each week to review problem solving strategies and prepare students for the individual and team rounds of competition.
The team includes Alexis D'Allessandro, Eric Fung, Brandon Epstein, Connie He, Jason Liang, Sean Lossef, Anjali Maheshwari and Tatum Ogata.
The Candlewood team placed second in the Suffolk County competition earlier this year. Epstein received an award for high achievement as an individual competitor. From there, the students went on to the state ccompetition in Troy on March 17.
Out of the 48 teams, the Candlewood students came in 14th place.