A regional competition of MATHCOUNTS, a nationwide math coaching and competition program will take place Saturday (Feb. 22) in DeBartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame.p. More than 200 middle and junior high students from the northern and central Indiana counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Fulton, La Grange and Marshall are expected to compete.p. MATHCOUNTS promotes math achievement among sixth, seventh and eighth graders around the country through competitions similar to school athletic events. Student “mathletes” train individually and on teams, then compete in local and state competitions. Prizes are awarded at all levels, and winners at the state level receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national competition, where the prizes include scholarships, trips and trophies.p. This year as many of 35,000 students are expected to compete nationwide in MATHCOUNTS, which began in 1983. Michael M. Stanisic, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame, is regional coordinator of the MATHCOUNTS competition, which has been held at the University for the past eight years.p. The founding sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. National sponsors include ConocoPhillips, the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Texas Instruments Inc., and 3M Foundation.p.