Math Team sets goals for season

Upcoming competition to take place at Park


Noah Orloff

Math Team adviser Kari Johnson works with sophomore Sophie Davis during practice Oct. 21. According to Johnson, last season Park placed fourth in their conference.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

Senior Math Team captain Zachary Weiser said he hopes more students will consider joining the activity, noting the club’s welcoming atmosphere.

“Math Team is super fun. It’s definitely a good challenge but also you don’t have to worry about not being the greatest at math,” Weiser said. 

The biggest goal is to do the best that we can and be competitive with the schools that are similar to us

— Kari Johnson

During the team’s meeting Oct. 21, members built on their math skills through practice problems and support from math teachers and team advisors Kari Johnson and Elizabeth Huesing, and aim to build on their skills further throughout the season, according to Weiser. 

“My personal goal would be to continue to improve and to be able to help everyone else on the team to be able to improve as well,” Weiser said. 

Senior Math Team member Patrick Djerf said the team does not require a deep love for mathematics. 

“If you enjoy math, even a little, then Math Team can be the place for you,” Djerf said. 

Johnson said Math Team came in fourth place in their conference last season. 

“The biggest goal is to do the best that we can and be competitive with the schools that are similar to us,” Johnson said.

According to Weiser, six to eight members compete on each team which can vary in skill, although there are also individual competitions. 

“Some years we end up with two teams, varsity and JV, but this year will probably just have one team so everyone will definitely be contributing and will be a huge help,” Weiser said. 

Johnson said Math Team provides an academic extracurricular which can be beneficial for students. 

“It’s good for students to have different opportunities,” Johnson said. “Sports and theater are important, but academics as well (as) building problem solving skills are needed in certain careers.”

According to Weiser, Math Team’s upcoming competition is 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Park.