Fort Bend ISD students win 2013 Texas State Mathcounts Competition

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Pictured with event sponsors are the Fort Settlement Middle School Mathcounts team members shown (front row, from left) are Byron Xu, Eric Li, Jefferson Ren, Kevin Rao, and Coach Kenneth Lee.

Fort Settlement Middle School (FSMS) students are continuing the legacy and tradition of math mastery after having won the 2013 Texas State Mathcounts Competition, held March 23 in Austin. The FSMS team included Eric Li, Kevin Rao, Jefferson Ren, Byron Xu, and Coach Kenneth Lee.

Li, an eighth-grade student, became the newest Texas Mathcounts champion after defeating more than 280 talented middle school students who advanced to the state final. Li ranked first in both the written test (with a perfect score) and the countdown round.  Also placing were Jeffrey Huang of Rice Middle School (2nd place); Pranay Mittal of Doerre Intermediate School (3rd place); and FSMS’ Byron Xu (4th place). These four students will form this year’s Texas National Team and will compete at nationals on May 10 in Washington, D.C.

The FSMS team also earned the 3rd place team trophy after competing against 70 other teams. Kevin Rao ranked 23rd and Jefferson Ren placed 42nd in the competition.

Coach Lee was extremely proud of the team’s state finishes. “I commend the team on all of the hard work and dedication that earned them this great achievement,” he said.

Detailed information for the 2013 Texas State Mathcounts Competition results can be found on the Texas Society of Professional Engineers at

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