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Mr. Math Celebrates!!!

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!

MOEMS-M Penultimate Meet Results

3 students earn perfect scores; 14 students score 4 out of 5!

In February, our teams competed in the penultimate meet of the MOEMS-M competition. This was another difficult test but our teams persevered. Our Team A (students in Grades 7-8) has 180 points out of 200 – fifteen more than the best our teams ever had at this point – and is all but guaranteed the Highest Team Achievement Award. Team B (students in Grades 5-6) has 145 points and is one step away from earning the Meritorious Team Achievement Award for top 6th grade teams.

Individually, students averaged 2.7 out of 5, compared to 2.0 national average! Congratulations to Amanda S, David C, and Henry C who earned perfect scores in this difficult test!

David C and Henry C earned perfect scores in all 4 meets and are one step away from the most prestigious George Lenchner Medal!!!

Twelve students with the score of 17 or better, including a fifth grader Dylan T, have a shot at the Gold Pin. Thirty eight students with 13 or better, including fifth graders Ari S, Charlotte O, Edward J, and Gus M could earn Silver Pin.

Let’s cheer for our exceptional young students!!!

MOEMS-E Penultimate Meet Results

19 students earn perfect scores; 28 students score 4 out of 5!

In February, our teams competed in the penultimate meet of the MOEMS-E competition. Despite rather hard test, 47 students on our teams scored 4 or better. All three teams are ahead of the best scores in the history of our program for their respective levels:

  • Team A (Levels 4 and 5) has 187 out of 200 points after 4 meets.
  • Team B (Level 3) has 166 out of 200 points after 4 meets.
  • Team C (Level 2) has 151 out of 200 points after 4 meets.

Individually, students averaged 3.10 out of 5, compared to 1.95 national average! Here are the averages by grade on our team compared with the national averages (the difference is shown in parenthesis):

  • Grade 3: 3.35 vs 1.60 (+1.75)
  • Grade 4: 2.60 vs 1.60 (+1.00)
  • Grade 5: 2.95 vs 2.00 (+0.95)
  • Grade 6: 3.65 vs 2.25 (+1.40)

Congratulations to Aarush G, Amaira M (Gr. 4), Austin L, Brandon K, Charlotte O, Grady S, Gus M, Jake I, James B (Gr. 3), John X (Gr. 3), Leo R (Gr. 4), Peter D, Sahana R, Samual A, Simran G, Tai N, Tien N, Tyler H and William W (Gr. 3) who earned perfect scores!

Aarush G, Jake I, and James B (Gr. 3) earned perfect scores in all 4 meets and are one step away from the most prestigious George Lenchner Medal!!!

Jason P, John X (Gr. 3), Leo R (Gr. 4), Peter D, Tien N and William W (Gr. 3) have 19 out of 20 and will make the Honor Roll with a perfect score in the final meet!!!

Twenty three students with the score of 17 or better have a shot at the Gold Pin and 50 students with 13 or better could earn Silver Pin.

Let’s cheer for our exceptional young students!!!

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