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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!

CML 4-5 Meet 4 Results


22 students earned perfect scores!!

The Grade 5 CML exam was very difficult this meet! Even still, one of our two 5th grade teams is in 5th place nationally, and two of our students, Alia A. and Leo R., have received perfect scores on the first four of our meets (only 19 Grade 5 students nationally have perfect scores). With 1 more perfect score, they can earn the highest CML award – National Champion Medal (no pressure!!); only a handful of our students accomplished this amazing feat.

There are only eight 4th grade teams nationally that have perfect scores of 144, and three of them are our teams!!

After 4 meets, 34 out of 43 students contributed points to various team scores in CML Grade 5, and 43 out of 70 students contributed points to various team scores in CML Grade 4.

Individually, (Abigail S*), Albert L, Armaan M, Avish B, Cameron M, Charlie M*, Clark S, Eric Z*, (Ethan P*), Jack V*, James B*, John X*, (Julian S), (Luke Z), Luoqi D, Marco C, Maxwell S, Natalie F*, Nathan S*, (Nathaniel Z*), (Nicolas V), (Silu C*), Theo M, (Velika V), (Ziqi Z*), Aditya G, Alia A*, Amaira M, Andy D, Bella L, Drake R, Gabriel D, Henry X, Isaac C-O, Jayden C, John P, Leo R*, Leo S, Patrick C, Ryan Z, and Sumanyu N contributed to their team’s final scores. (Students in parenthesis are in 3rd grade or younger, which is very impressive.) Students with an * next to their names have earned perfect scores all on 4 meets.

We are so proud of our amazing students!!!

CML Grade 2-3 Meet 2 Results

28 students earned perfect individual scores

All four of our teams earned perfect team scores!

This year, we have two 2nd grade teams and two 3rd grade teams. This year, we split our students into teams of 20-25 students to give more students a chance to contribute to team scores, even though it makes it more difficult for each team to win against other schools that often enter just one large team. They did a wonderful job!

  • Both of our 2nd grade teams scored perfect scores of 36 points, putting them in 1st place nationally with only one other team
  • Both of our 3rd grade teams scores perfect scores of 36 points, making them tied for 1st place nationally with only three other teams

Individually, Aadi H*, Abraham A, Atharv G, Chelsea H*, Daochen L*, Ethan L*, (Henry T*), (Holden B*), Isabelle W*, Jonah A*, Pricilla R, Sawyer M*, Vihaan K, William C, Ziqi Z*, Abigail S*, Daochen L, Daxton A*, Deven B, Ella S, Ethan P*, Julian S*, Nathaniel Z*, Nicolas V*, Shaan V, Silu C*, and Velika V earned perfect scores and led their teams! Students in parentheses are only in 1st grade, which is very impressive! And students with a * next to their name earned perfect scores on both of our meets we’ve had thus far!

We are so proud of our amazing students!!!

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