Lincoln-Way West Mathletes make school history
Friday, January 27, 2017

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the Lincoln-Way West Mathletes competed in the SWSC 5 conference competition at Sandburg High School. Eight schools competed, and for the first time in Lincoln-Way West history, the Warrior Mathletes won the blue division conference championship.

The team competed in 15 different events and earned a top four finish in all but one. Five competition teams won first place and four competition teams finished in second.

"It was amazing to see how many awards our students won," remarked Holly Misener, head coach of the West Mathletes. "It was great to see their hard work pay off."

In the demonstration competition, students are asked to learn extra material that differs from material presented in their mathematics classes. All three demonstration teams did well for the Warriors. The Linear Programming demonstration team of Lexie Krupske and Hannah Slater finished second, the Probability demonstration team of Thomas Hathaway and Alayna McDermott finished third, and the Matrix Algebra demonstration team of Luke James and Kevin Beallis finished first.

Assistant Coach Tim Barry, said, "The students who compete in these competitions have to spend extra time with the coaches to learn and practice the material. They are often at school 45 minutes early to practice. It's so great to see them be rewarded for their dedication."

Overall, the Lincoln-Way West Mathletes had 34 students earn at least one award. "I think this is the most students West has ever had receive awards," commented Misener. "We are so proud of the entire team; they really worked hard throughout the conference season, and it is fantastic that they finished with a conference championship."

The conference season for the West Mathletes may be over, but the team will now prepare for the ICTM regional competition to be held in February at Lincoln-Way East.

"We are really looking forward to Regionals," said co-president Christian Panici. "We've done some great things so far, but I don't think we are done yet."

Jessica Bettridge, co-president of the team, echoed these sentiments. "I'm so proud of what we've accomplished so far, and I really think we have a chance to perform well at Regionals. Hopefully we can qualify a lot of people for state. It's a great day to be a Warrior."

Warrior Mathletes who competed include:

Aiden Fifer
Alayna McDermott
Andrew Hunsaker
Bobby Valiska
Christian Panici
Christie Moore
Connor Kettelson
Drew Dalteski
Ellie DeGroot
Emily Wisinski
Emma Huelsmann
Hannah Slater
Isabel Tuckett
Jacob Szypulski
Jessica Bettridge
Jillian Helfrich
Joe Meskin
Joey Storer
Joie Green
Jon Stiglic
Kalie Korpitz
Kate Honan
Kevin Beallis
Lexie Krupske
Luke James
Madeline McDermott
Marie Moore
Matt Zarnowski
Michael Gentry
Michael Harkins
Michael Martarano
Nick Hamilton
Nick Ruskowsky
Nick Van Houghton
Samantha Reidy
Sara Swanberg
Sarah Lehmann
Steven Beallis
Sydney Valiska
Thomas Hathaway