The 2012 Florida MATHCOUNTS State Competition was held at the Doubletree by Universal Orlando on Friday, March 30, 2012. MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes mathematics achievement in middle school through grassroots involvement. Deerlake Middle School’s team was first in Leon County and third in the state. Team members included eighth graders Arya Okten and Jamie Gao, seventh graders Justin Chen and Kevin Jiang, and sixth grader Cynthia Wang. In individual scores, Jamie Gao placed 6th and Justin Chen place 12th. The Deerlake team is coached by Mrs. Rima Kelley.
Deerlake Middle School sixth graders have fun studying science! Mrs. Cramer’s and Mrs. Ryan’s science classes constructed hot air balloons out of tissue paper as part of their study of weather. The students learned about air pressure and buoyancy and they watched their balloons travel up, up, and away!