Students from Weatherly Area Middle School recently competed at the 2014 Anthracite Chapter of MATHCOUNTS Competition held at the Penn State Schuylkill Campus. Approximately 75 students and nine teams participated.

The school placed fourth in the team competition.

Students who represented Weatherly were Jesse Gehman, son of Steve and LeeAnn Gehman; Katie Graham, daughter of Donnell Stump and Dennis Graham; Marie Gunderman, daughter of Donna and John Gunderman; Joel Hinkle, son of David and Kimberly Hinkle; Sami Knepper, daughter of Melissa and William Knepper; Vicki Luckwaldt, daughter of Richard Luckwaldt and Annamarie Moran-Luckwaldt; Jeremy Moser, son of Tara and Chris Moser; Lilly Newton; daughter of Christine and Richard Kropp and Bruce Newton; Mason Podgers, son of Christa and Dean Podgers; and Nikki Polivka, daughter of Rhonda and Nick Polivka.

The team was coached by Peggy McAndrew, eighth grade math teacher.

MATHCOUNTS 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.

After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of the more than 500 written and oral competitions held nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas.

Winners at the local level proceed to state competitions, where the top four students and top coach earn the right to represent their state or territory at the national level. At all levels, MATHCOUNTS challenges students' math skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements.

The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers sponsors the Anthracite Chapter of the MATHCOUNTS competition.