The two main aspects of MATHCOUNTS are the competition program and the club program. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. Participants advance through School, Chapter, and State Competitions until the final 224 students are selected from 56 states and territories to advance to the MATHCOUNTS National Competition held each May. A select number of students will be chosen for the Friedell team and and others will compete as individuals in the regional competition that is usually on the first Saturday in February. The second aspect is the MATHCOUNTS club program which is a fun and challenging program aimed at engaging a wide spectrum of students. By completing the monthly competitions at school, Friedell may receive a recognition plaque or banner and be entered into drawings for prizes. Instructor::Greg Schoenbeck.