Wilmington 8th grader to compete in National MathCounts Competition in Florida

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Owen Deen and his teacher Maureen Meehan with his MathCounts competition trophies. (Courtesy of Maureen Meehan)
Owen Deen and his teacher Maureen Meehan with his MathCounts competition trophies. (Courtesy of Maureen Meehan)

WILMINGTON — Owen Deen is an eighth grader at MCS Noble Middle School in Wilmington. A few weeks ago, the Noble MathCounts team competed in the 2017 State MathCounts competition at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, N.C.

The team placed 14th, but Owen Deen placed third in individual competition, qualifying him as a member of the North Carolina MathCounts team. The team will compete in the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Fla., from May 13 – 16.

Only the 224 final Mathletes from 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories, State Department schools and Department of Defense schools have earned this opportunity.

Local Shout had the opportunity to ask Owen a couple of questions, here’s what he had to say:

What is your favorite subject in school? Why?

OWEN: My favorite subject in school is Math. Math is very important because it teaches problem solving skills that are needed in any future career. Also, I enjoy being able to see faster and easier solutions to a problem that may appear very difficult.

How long have you been competing in the ‘MathCounts’ competition? What made you want to compete?

OWEN: I started competing in the Mathcounts Competition Series in sixth grade. Initially, I was not one of the students chosen from my elementary school to attend the Saturday Math Practice held by a GE Volunteer, Mr. Jin Su. However, Mr. Su gave me chance and he believed that I could reach my goals. At the Saturday practice, I saw a lot of older kids who were very talented at math and it motivated me to be the best I possibly could.

How does it feel to make Nationals and represent Noble Middle School on that stage?

OWEN: At the State Level, all the students competing were the best in their region and any competitor could possibly win the contest. I am very fortunate that the preparation I put into MathCounts paid off and I have the opportunity to represent Noble and the state of North Carolina at the National level. It is a big honor to represent my school. While I have worked through thousands of math problems to help prepare for the competition, I could not have made it this far without the support and encouragement of my coach at Noble, Mrs. Maureen Meehan.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of school? (Hobbies, Sports, etc.)

OWEN: Outside of school and besides studying for MathCounts, I enjoy running and preparing for races. I hope to one day complete an IRONMAN Triathlon.


MathCounts, according to Owen’s teacher Maureen Meehan, will pay for Owen’s expenses during the trip to nationals in Florida. Beyond that, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family travel with him.

“The competition will take place in May and Owen would like to share this experience with his family,” his Mother writes. “Owen’s younger brother is battling a life threatening chronic illness and his family has a lot of extraordinary expenses. Any amount of support would be greatly appreciated.”

Any money raised over the cost associated with the trip will be donated to MCS Noble Middle School to set up a scholarship in Owen’s name in support the MathCounts program, his Mother wrote. If you would like to contribute, visit the gofundme page at gofundme.com/deen-family-travel-expenses.

-Content provided by Maureen Meehan and Owen Deen

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