Port Huron Schools has announced winners in the MathCounts competition. Fort Gratiot and Central Middle Schools got together in late February to battle it out at the annual national MathCounts challenge. The event is for middle schoolers to show their advanced math skills at the local level before going on to the state competition.

Much of the competition is timed and the students need to work under pressure, testing both individual skills and team problem-solving. This year’s big winner was Luke VanderHeuvel, an eighth grader at Fort Gratiot, who brought home the first-place trophy for the second year in a row. Shayan Lal, another Fort Gratiot eighth grader will be joining Luke at States. The competition is sponsored locally by the Blue Water Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. Mathcounts started in 1983 and Port Huron Schools have been hosting local competitions and sometimes sending students to states since 1986. The State finals are March 14 at Saginaw Valley State University.