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Samuel H wins Kentucky; David C and Max Z finish in Top-12 in Illinois!

As I previously reported, in February three students coached by Mr. Math competed in MathCounts Chapter round with great success. In March, they joined other top students in the State round.

Samuel H, competing in his first MathCounts, won the state of Kentucky and will lead the State team in the National round in Washington, D.C. in May. Making Nationals is a dream for every young mathlete and an experience that Samuel will cherish for the rest of his life. It is especially unique for Samuel, who is in 6th grade and is competing against mostly older students. With hard work and dedication, Samuel has a chance to be in an elite group of “three-timers” – students who make MathCounts Nationals in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

David C, competing in his third and final MathCounts, finished 7th in Illinois. This is an exceptional accomplishment given that Illinois is a very competitive state with a large number of brilliant students. David also joined his three teammates from Whitney Young Academic Center School to finish 3rd in the team competition, adding to his previous team win in 2020. This achievement caps a great year for David who also passed AMC-10 and made AIME!

Max Z, competing in his second MathCounts, finished 12th in Illinois, improving on his 23rd place from last year. This is a terrific result for Max who is in 7th grade and will be eligible to compete again next year. Max had an exceptional year, making Distinguished Honor Roll in the AMC-8 contest for the second time, passing AMC-10 and making AIME! With another year of learning and practicing, we fully expect Max to be among the favorites in the next year’s State MathCounts.

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.

Samuel’s Award

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!!!

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