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Fairfax County Kids Win Team Math Competition

Kudos to the four Fairfax County middle school kids for winning yesterday’s MATHCOUNTS national competition in Crystal City. According to the MATHCOUNTS homepage, it “is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.” Today’s Washington Post provides the names and other details. There was also an individual competition in which the second-place finisher was home-schooled.

Here's a sample question, which the Post provided: "What is the sum of the first 40 positive odd integers?" The answer is 1,600.