Math Team begins final push to qualify for State

Park club looks to improve scores


Isaac Wahl

Sophomore Cameron Donahue and teacher Kristin Johnson work together on preparing for an upcoming Math Team tournament.

Emma Leff and Anika Hanson

After not practicing over winter break, Math Team adviser Kristin Johnson said she hopes the team can regroup and prepare for its upcoming meet.

“Hopefully we are going to get back in gear and just review the topics that will be showing up on the next test, and then we run practice tests from previous years,” Johnson said.

Following its third meet Dec. 17, Park ranks sixth out of seven teams within section 2AAA, according to the Minnesota State High School Math League. In order to qualify for State, Park will need to place first in its conference by the end of the season.

Johnson said the team has faced difficulties, resulting in lower scores than what they are capable of.

“(The season isn’t going) as well as I would have expected,” Johnson said. “With schedules and so on, (we) haven’t always had the full varsity team available for the meets.”

According to senior member Christopher Anondson, he is achieving his individual goals despite the struggles the team has experienced.

“The last meet I did quite well, which means I am going beyond the main team for the next meet,” Anondson said.

Johnson said the team has embraced the opportunity to learn, but she hopes they can apply the results from practice to the next meet.

“I think the students are having fun. It’s a good learning experience for the kids, and so now we just need to build on the successes in practice to have that happen in the meet,” Johnson said.

Each meet consists of four events — A, B, C and D — which cover various topics, according to the Minnesota State High School Math League.

For the upcoming meet, Anondson said he assumes he will compete in the same events he has in the previous meets.

“For the next meet, I’m not entirely sure. I usually do (sections) A and B; that is usually my strong point,” Anondson said.

As the meets get progressively difficult throughout the season, Anondson said he wants to work on preparing more for meets.

“I don’t really practice that much, so I have to work on that,” Anondson said.

The Math Team will compete in its second-to-last regular season meet Jan. 28 at Edina High School, according to Johnson.