Volunteers are needed at this year’s Mathcounts competitions set for Feb. 14 and March 14.

Organizers expect a record number of middle school students to participate in the competitions, which are set up like sporting events aimed at promoting math achievement.

Student “mathletes” train individually and in teams, getting the opportunity to compete in local, state and national events, with prizes awarded at all levels.

The top four students in Arizona will receive a free trip to Orlando, Fla., for the national competition in May. National winners receive college scholarships, and the champion wins a trip to the U.S. Space Camp.

Local volunteers are needed to set up the competition room, handle registration and score tests at both Tucson events, which will be held at Cienega High School, 12775 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way.

Volunteers should arrive at 8 a.m. if they want to help set up the competition room. Others should arrive by 9 a.m. The competitions will be followed by awards ceremonies, so volunteers should plan to stay through 2:15 p.m.

Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Quinn Quihui at 740-5926 or by e-mail quinn.quihui@dot.pima.gov.

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