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Frazier 5th Grader Qualifies for 2024 National MathCON Finals for Second Consecutive Year

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Shane Mauldin|
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

McKinney, Texas — When Alex Derkachov arrives in Chicago in May for the 2024 National MathCON Finals, it’ll be familiar territory for the 5th grade student from Frazier Elementary.

In 2023, he competed in the Finals as a 4th grader, and his accomplishment this year puts him in rare company as one of only three McKinney ISD students who have qualified for the Finals in consecutive years along with current McKinney Boyd High School senior Matthew Johnson who did it in 2019 and 2020 and Benjamin Bokmeyer who qualified three years in a row in 2019, 2020 and 2021!

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Frazier Elementary 5th grader Alex Derkachov

MathCON is a fiercely competitive national online math competition that draws tens of thousands of participants annually from all over the country. The organization’s vision is to build a collaborative mathematics community for students and educators to support, advocate and influence STEM education in the U.S. to pave the way for the next generation of problem-solvers.

This year, MathCON organizers called upon students to complete 32 high-level math problems in 50 minutes. Competitors were allowed to take the test one time between Jan. 7 and March 8. The top performers from each region qualified for the finals in Chicago where they will put their skills to work on a pencil and paper test against the best of the best from across the country.

Just making the National MathCON Finals is a remarkable achievement in itself; each year only the top percentile—some 628 of the highest scorers in 4th-12th grade—are invited. They’re all after the same thing. The highest three scorers in each grade level receive a coveted gold, medal or bronze MathCON medal.

And, some serious prestige to go along with it.

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