Math Team Success

The Marist High School math team finished an impressive fourth at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) state final held on May 2, at the University of Illinois at Champaign. Marist also finished for the third straight year as the top Catholic school in Illinois.


The team competed with some of the best private and public high schools in Illinois, and had several top finishes in the contest’s events. The senior pre-calculus team of Ryan Loizzo, Pat Sweeney, Simin Rafacz, Joe Kezon, John LaMantia, and Tim O'Connell were state champions. Seniors Joe Kezon and Ryan Loizzo finished sixth in the two-person pre-calculus division. Marist finished fifth in both Algebra 1 and geometry, and took fourth in Algebra 2. Individually, Sweeney and Joe Kezon finished second and fourth, respectively, in pre-calculus, while Jake Rahn took third in Algebra 1. Among Catholic schools, Marist finished first overall and captured the top spot in Algebra 1, geometry, Algebra 2, pre-calculus, freshman-sophomore two-person and eight-person events, and the junior-senior relay.

To qualify for the ICTM state finals, Marist captured the regional title at a competition in February held at Chicago State University. They also won all three Catholic Math League South meets held during the year, and finished first in the annual Mathematics Teachers Association Contest at Loyola University. The 43 person team practices several days a week after school under the direction of teachers and coaches Jeff Nicholson ’81 and Owen Glennon.

“Every year I am amazed at our young men and women who continually step up with their mathematical skills,” Nicholson said. “Our phenomenal team of seniors will be missed. They have set the bar high for our other levels of students who will surely accept the challenge next year. I could not be more proud.”

2014-2015 Math Team Members

Cassie Goodman Senior
Annie Hynes Senior
Joe Kezon Senior
John LaMantia Senior
Ryan Loizzo Senior
Mary McIntyre Senior
Jenny Miller Senior
Tim O’Connell Senior
Bryan O’Malley Senior
Simon Rafacz Senior
Mitchell Schroeder Senior
Mike Serwetnyk Senior
Matt Spinazzola Senior
Pat Sweeney Senior
Laith Abad Junior
Emily Graff Junior
Krista Ico Junior
Michael Laird Junior
Bob Mauge Junior
Rich Mauge Junior
Jason Phelan Junior
Jude Sanchez Junior
Paige Solcani Junior
Max Stinites Junior
Rachel Ulaszek Junior
Joey Bennett Sophomore
Matthew Conklin Sophomore
Jack Golden Sophomore
Dana Kelly Sophomore
Robbie Krokus Sophomore
Shannon Landers Sophomore
Jack O’Neill Sophomore
Erin Olsen Sophomore
Becca Valek Sophomore
Monica Viz Sophomore
Martha Kowalski Freshman
Ravi Majeti Freshman
Kyle McNamara Freshman
Valerie Pavilonis Freshman
Emily Radz Freshman
Jake Rahn Freshman
Sam Reidy Freshman
Elise Viz Freshman

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