Local students picked up awards at the Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS competition, held Feb. 2 at George Mason University.

A total of 510 students from sixth through eighth grades in 57 elementary and middle schools competed in that event.

In individual competition, Ethan Zhou of BASIS Independent McLean finished first and Samuel Wang of BASIS Independent finished second in the Northern Virginia chapter area. Their coach is Tyler Sullivan.

Isabella Zhu of Cooper Middle School finished third in the Northern Virginia chapter area; her coach is Lisa Walsh. Alan Vladimiroff of Longfellow Middle School finished fourth and Michelle Kang of Longfellow finished fifth; their coach is Patti Freeman.

In the Fairfax chapter area, Zani Xu of Nysmith School (coached by JoMarie Broccoli) finished fourth.

In team competition, BASIS Independent finished first in its chapter; team members were Wang, Zhou, Max Yan and Brian Lai. The Cooper team of Zhu, Bradley Cao, Danniel Cao and Michael Wang finished second and the Longfellow team of Vladimiroff, Kang, Ellie Chen and David Wei Finished third.

In its chapter, the Nysmith School team of Xu, Matthew Li, Jeffrey Chen and Abhinav Angirekula finished second.

Top finishers move on to compete in the state MATHCOUNTS competition, to be held in Richmond in March.

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