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Mr. Math Celebrates!!!

Nate Maydanchik makes USAJMO as a Freshman!

Last year, around this time, I shared with you my joy when my son Nate won Illinois State MathCounts and finished 12th in National MathCounts – the main competition for top middle schoolers in the country. This year, as a high school freshman, Nate continues to delight me with his great accomplishments.

The main competition for students in Grade 10 or below is organized by Mathematical Association of America (MAA). It is run in three stages. First, all students compete in the AMC-10 contest in November. Based on their scores, about 2,000 best students are invited to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) in February. AIME is a very difficult test, with students facing 15 problems over 3 hours. Finally, based on the sum of their AMC-10 and AIME scores, about 250-300 top students nationally are invited to the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO), which is a monstrous six question, two day, 9-hour essay/proof examination.

Passing AIME and making USAJMO is a great achievement and a dream for every mathlete. It is particularly difficult to accomplish this feat as a freshman competing against older students. Nate did just that this year – his score of 10 on AIME was in the top 100 of all sophomores and younger in the country, and his AMC-10+AIME total of 220 points was 29.5 points over the USAJMO cutoff!

I am an incredibly lucky father and a very proud coach. Nate is one of the most hardworking young men I have met. I 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 9 years and the rewards are well worth it!


On February 17, students all across the United States competed in the Chapter round of MathCounts – the most important math competition for middle school. In the Chapter round, the best students from various schools compete against others from their region. The top students from each Chapter make it to the State round.

Mr. Math is thrilled to announce that the three students he has coached made the State round. David C (Grade 8) and Max Z (Grade 7) will be among students competing in Illinois State MathCounts on March 5. Both David and Max previously competed in Illinois State MathCounts and finished in the Top 25 despite being at the time 6th graders competing against much older students. Samuel H (Grade 6) will be among students competing in Kentucky State MathCounts on March 26.

I invite everyone to join me in congratulating these amazing students and celebrating their accomplishments!!! David, Max, and Samuel worked very hard for many years and fully deserve their success. I hope they will achieve their greatest results yet in the State round!

Welcome to 2021-2022 Season

We are excited to open the 2021-2022 season of Adventures with Mr. Math. Now in its 9th year, our program has grown to 16 classes and 280 students from 20 states and Canada!

As always, we look forward to explore the breathtaking world of math. Together we will go where only the math pirates go. We will travel beyond the horizon and discover math treasures of infinite value.

We will learn many new properties of numbers and shapes. We will improve our analytical reasoning skills and become the greatest math detectives, using the smallest clues to uncover the deepest mysteries of math.

We will participate in many contests and defend our titles from the last year. We will support each other in the never-ending quest to get better. We are the best team ever – the teachers, the students, and the parents – we help each other, we cheer for each other, and we win together!

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