Jin wins Wisconsin Geo Bee

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Kromrey eighth-grader Hansen Jin took first place at the Wisconsin Geo Bee in Madison on Friday, April 6.

Jin is the first District student to win the Wisconsin Geo Bee since its inception in 1989. He will represent Kromrey and Wisconsin at the National Geo Bee in Washington, D.C. on May 20-23.

To learn more, please visit the Wisconsin Geo Bee or National Geo Bee websites.

In other Advanced Learning news: 

* Nearly 50 students in grades 5-8 from MCPASD, Verona, Sun Praire and Madison Metropolitan school districts participated in the Regional Math Meets on April 25 at Kromrey.

Kromrey sixth-grader Grace Wu took first place and Kromrey fifth-grader Li Ying captured second place in the competition for grades 5-6. Glacier Creek fifth-grader Luke Zhang took fifth place.

Three MCPASD eighth-grade students -- Kromrey's Hansen Jin (second place), Glacier Creek's Harsha Chilakapati (third) and Kromrey's Sanjay Suresh (fourth) finished in the top five at the meet for grades 7-8.

District teams also captures the top two spots in each of the meets. All of the following students advanced to the Mega Math Meet on Thursday, May 17 at UW-Madison: Ethan Bo, Ray Feinberg, Alexa Garber, Rajhav Gopalakrishnan, Harry Jin, Ian Lam, Vincent Li, Amritha Mavuri, Roddy McLellan, Venkat Peddinti, Ben Pralat, Nikhil Quintin, Jonathan Schrecher, Grace Wu, Kevin Wu, Li Ying, Naveed Ansari, Teddy Burkard, Harsha Chilakapati, Franklin Hu, Clay Kaufman, Kaitlyn Ko, Michael Lee, Lauren Li, David Ma, Krish Parikh, Dhruv Prakash, Annabelle Reppen, Caleb Sanders, Zaki Siraj, Sanjay Suresh and Amanda Zhu.

* Nearly 100 students from Glacier Creek, Kromrey and MHS qualified and attended the Future Problem Solvers State Bowl on April 13-14 at the Green Lake Conference Center.

The State Bowl was scheduled to start April 12 but inclement weather forced that day's events to be canceled.

Nine MCPASD students qualified to attend the FPS International Conference on June 7-11 at UW-La Crosse. The Kromrey team of Gus Balasubramaniam, Jonathan Kim, Zaki Siraj and Maddie Goscha placed fourth to advance as did Nikki Yu, who took first place. One other District team that included MHS students Balaji Veeramani, Haiwen Dai, Nick Spevacek and Nick DeOliveira took first place in their division but will be unable to attend the International Conference.

In addition, MHS senior Kirstin Yu received the Jennifer Hanson Student FPS Award for her work developing the FPS Program at MHS. She has worked closely with other coaches in the District to provide resources and coordinate the nuts and bolts of registering and submitting booklets for the high school teams.

Ruth Frawley coaches the Glacier Creek and Kromrey's FPS teams with the help of Julie Rozanski at Kromrey. John Niesen coaches the teams at MHS.