Siddharth Jain Jain moves on to Nationals Shelton Intermediate School’s star mathlete, Siddharth Jain was crowned the top individual in the statewide 2016 MATHCOUNTS competition. Jain is one of four students representing Connecticut set to advance to the National competition in May which will take place in Washington, D.C. Jain’s teammates for the National Competition will be Andrew Metrick of Foote School in New Haven, Sam Florin of Central Middle School in Greenwich, and Will Zhu of Dodd Middle School in Cheshire. Their coach is Megan Williams of Foote School. Prior to the state level competition, Jain placed second at Fairfield county’s competition which was hosted by Sacred Heart University. Jain, an eighth grader at SIS, attributed his success in the competitions thus far to the support from his family and his intense training regiment. The state competition was hosted by University of Hartford. “This just goes to show that hard work does pay off,” said Jain. “It was a very good day for me.” Jain said he split his training between studying from multiple problem solving books from an Online School called Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) and reviewing past competitions. Jain has also competed in the North South Foundation’s math contest in the past. He said this will be his first time competing at a National level and he is preparing to face a set of even more elite competitors. “When we got the results back and I was looking through it, there were some very intelligent kids there and we are all really tight in the area,” said Jain. “I’m now using a similar method, just more intensive. I’m now looking at what areas I need to focus on more.” Jain said he plans on reviewing his results from the state level competition once they are released. He said he is nervous for the higher level of competition that he will face in May. “The nerves make me work harder,” said Jain. “Especially now, with these three other team members I will be going with down to Nationals. We are all very high level math competitors so we will all be able to help each other out, learn new concepts, and get better.” Jain explained that the statewide competition was divided into 5 rounds: A 40 minute sprint round made up of 30 problem solving questions, and 4 target rounds where students are given 6 minutes to answer 2 more challenging problem solving questions. Jain’s science teacher, Eric Wolf, said he considers him to be one of the hardest working students that he knows. “Now we have a state champ at Shelton Intermediate and it’s awesome,” said Wolf.