The Marist math team completed its 2016-17 competitive season in fifth place in the state in division 3AA at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) final on May 6 at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. They are the number one Catholic school team in the state across all four competitive divisions.
The team earned numerous top ten finishes at the state meet. The Algebra 1 team finished in ninth place, the geometry team finished in third, the Algebra 2 team took first, the pre-calculus team placed eighth, the freshman-sophomore eight-person team took sixth, the freshman-sophomore two-person team finished tenth, the junior-senior two-person team took ninth, the freshman-sophomore relay team finished fourth, and the junior-senior relay team placed tenth. The oral team of seniors Becca Valek and Jack Golden finished fourth in state. Sophomore Nick Brown and junior Jake Rahn finished in the top ten individually in geometry and Algebra 2, respectively.
The Algebra 2 team of Martha Kowalski, Ravi Majeti, Kyle McNamara, Jacob Mozdzen, Valerie Pavilonis, Emily Radz, Jake Rahn, Sam Reidy, Benjamin Rickey, and Elise Viz were crowned overall state champions among all competitors. The geometry team of Ricardo Aguilar, Nick Brown, Michael Cosentino, Aidan Dillon, Sean Geary, Joshua Peralta, Caitlin Ryan, Courteney Schulz, Eddie Stifter, and Ryan Vulich earned third place overall.
It was a long journey for the team with practices starting in early September and meeting almost daily until the state final. Along the way, the team competed in three Catholic Math League South meets, four Mathfax competitions, the American Mathematics Competition, and the MTA Loyola Math Contest. Winning the ICTM regional on February 25 at Lincoln-Way East High School earned the team an invite to the state finals. This year’s squad continued the long streak of Marist advancing to state.
“I have been coaching the Marist math team alongside my colleague, Owen Glennon, for more than 20 years,” Marist math teacher Jeff Nicholson ’81 said. “It is amazing how our team always comes together with new members each year to be as successful as they are. I give credit to the students for having a great work ethic, dedication, and drive to keep up the tradition of being a top math team in the state.”