Mesa Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Nov. 12.
The Counting Bee™, a global event held for the very first time, declared their inaugural winner, eleven-year old Rahul Patel. Patel, from Phoenix, learned about the Counting Bee through his studies at IQ Abacus Math and Language School. His teacher there, Rueyin Chiou, held a Counting Bee during their afterschool program and sent 21 of the 44 participants to the inaugural event at Mesa Community College. Patel, a 6TH grade student from Basis Schools in Phoenix, came out on top with a three round grand total of 73 answers based on his skip-pattern counting proficiency during each fifteen-second round.
Finalists represented the following schools or programs: Basis Schools from various Valley locations, Edison Elementary, Knox Elementary, IQ Abacus Math & Language School, Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, Our House Montessori Elementary School, Redfield Elementary, Adams Traditional, Archway Veritas, Kyrene de la Mirada Elementary, Arizona College Prep – Oakland Campus, St. Mary’s High School, and Western Peaks Elementary. Age category winners:
- 6-7 year olds: Puranjay Madupu from Chandler
- 8 year olds: Ojas Guttal from Chandler
- 9 year olds: Aydin Daniel from Scottsdale
- 10 year olds: Devansh Avlani from Chandler
- 11 year olds: Rahul Patel from Phoenix
- 12 years and older: Eric Sanchez from Mesa
Across the United States, The Counting Bee state finals will continue over the next 11 months with the inaugural National Counting Bee coming to metro Phoenix in 2019 followed by the International Counting Bee, to be held in Dubai, June of 2020.
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Source: Mesa Chamber of Commerce