Learning and practicing analytical reasoning skills goes a long way towards the success in math contests. Even more importantly, when people do what they love, they usually do it quite well. And so, our students are very good when it comes to math competitions.
In 2020-2021, our teams finished among the best in Illinois, Midwest Region, and Nationally in a number of contests. Six of our students were Math Kangaroo National Champions; seven students were National Champions and three students were Midwest Regional Champions in the CML contests; three students earned George Lenchner Medals and 18 students earned Gold Pins in MOEMS contests; seven students made Honor Roll and nine made Achievement Roll in the AMC-8 contest; many students made various other Honor Rolls and earned other individual awards.
I didn’t think it could get any better after my son, Nate, won the Illinois State MathCounts competition in April, but it just did!!! This weekend was the MathCounts National final competition. Nate finished 12th out of the 224 finalists.
Finishing in the Top-12 in the Nationals is the special dream for all MathCounts competitors because in a normal year the Top 12 qualify for the Countdown Round which determines the champion. Nate is only the fourth student from Illinois in the past 15 years to crack the Nationals Top-12.
I am a super proud father and coach. It is great to see how the hard work paid off and it will be a great motivation for Nate to work even harder in the future. If you work really hard towards your goals – nothing is impossible!!!
Today is one of the happiest days of my life – I am sure all parents will understand!
My son, Nate, has just won the Illinois State MathCounts competition – the prime middle school math contest. Nate scored 43 out of 46 points, finishing 3 points ahead of the second place. This win complements the 2nd and 7th place that Nate earned in Illinois State MathCounts in the past two years, while competing against the older kids as a sixth and seventh grader. Nate joins a select group of students who made National finals more than once. He will lead the Illinois state team in the finals on May 8-10.
I am a very proud father and coach. While I am delighted to share my joy, I also want to use this opportunity to point out to all the young kids who love math and to all the parents who see a math talent in their children – hard work pays off. Nate has worked 10-15 hours a week with hardly a few weeks off for the past 8 years and the rewards are well worth it!