By Kay Nguyen, email@example.com
11:19 PM EDT, April 28, 2013
Judah Aderhold, 13, will be competing in the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition May 9-12.
Judah, who is from Bath, will join three other top students in representing South Dakota at the competition in Washington, D.C.
"It feels amazing," he said. "I can't believe I'm on the team.
Judah is a seventh-grade home-schooler. He competed at the MATHCOUNTS state competition last year, but did not qualify for the national contest.
This year, he qualified by placing third.
He said his favorite math problems to do are story problems and he enjoys solving problems and getting them right.
Judah has a competitive streak.
"I just always want to win," he said.
His goal is to finish in the top 100 at the national competition.
Students from every state. the District of Columbia, Guam Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands attend the competition. Judah will compete both as an individual and as a team with other students from South Dakota.
The other state representatives are Eric Feng and Akshay Choudry from Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls and Jenny Jin from Mickelson Middle School in Brookings.
Top finishers receive scholarship money.
Judah said he has been doing practice problems given to him by the official state coach to prepare and doing some online as well.
"I'm excited because I've been trying to make it for two years," he said. "But I'm also a little nervous because it's the biggest MATHCOUNTS competition."
The written competition begins the morning of May 10. The countdown round, which begins at 2 p.m. the same day, will be shown on ESPN3 at espn3.com.