MHS Math Team Wins First Meet of the Year

The first math meet of the year was a great success. Not only did we win, but we did so by a significant margin. The meet was hosted at Marblehead High School, and high scorers include Daniel Farfel and Ben Winocour, both of whom are in the Junior Class. At Math Team meets, the teams collect in a central area where we get pizza and additional snacks. Then, the rounds begin. Groups of six students from each team come together to solve three challenging problems of varying difficulty, each worth two points. The first question is identical to one given out before the meet, but with different numbers, while the other two are revealed at the meet. After the teams compete in six rounds, which include topics from Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry, all the team members work together to solve six to ten especially-difficult problems in fifteen minutes. These questions are each worth two points. Our team is lead by Ms. Waitkevich, who teaches us how to solve the questions at our weekly meetings that take place on Tuesdays. Most of the time, however, is spent working on practice problems independently. Math Team is a lot of fun and is very social. We spend much of the time hanging out with friends, and the atmosphere isn’t nearly as serious as you might think. Overall, we had a great first meet, and I am looking forward to many more.

Jeffrey Lederman

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