Lincoln-Way West Mathletes take second place in division 3AA, advance to state
Monday, February 27, 2017

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 the Lincoln-Way West Mathletes competed at the Illinois Council of Teachers Mathematics (ICTM) regional event held at Lincoln-Way East High School. The Warriors competed in division 3AA along with seven other schools. After three hours and ten different competitions, the West Mathletes scored 531 points to finish second in division 3AA.

"I'm so proud of our kids," said Tim Barry, assistant coach of the Mathletes team. "The team put in so many hours of practice outside of school; it's great to see how many awards they won."

Nine of the ten competitions earned a top three finish, and 28 total students earned awards. Finishing first at the regional competition were the Algebra 1 team, the Freshmen/Sophomore Eight-Person team, and the Freshmen/Sophomore Two-Person team.

The West Mathletes also had students earn individual honors for the day. In the Algebra 1 competition, Steven Beallis and Madeline McDermott tied for individual first place, and Alayna McDermott earned fourth place. Luke James earned a fifth place finish in the Algebra 2 competition, and Michael Gentry and Sydney Valiska tied for fifth place in the Pre-Calculus competition.

Head Coach Holly Misener said, "The individual performances of these students were amazing. There were 48 students competing at each grade level and to finish in the top five is a great accomplishment."

Between the individual performances and the group accomplishments, the West Mathletes will be sending a minimum of 21 students to the ICTM state competition. Depending on how the Warriors compare to other schools in the state, there is a possibility that more students will qualify. "The final list of state qualifiers will be released later in March," Misener said.

The regional results are a continuation of a successful season for the West Mathletes. The team won the Blue division of the SWSC conference, and their regional score of 531 was high enough to have beaten all of the division 4AA schools at their regional site. The Warriors now set their sights on the Joliet Junior College (JJC) Invitational to be held in March.

"Our kids are excited about how the season has gone so far, but they know they have more work to do," remarked Barry.

The JJC Invitational will be held on March 8, 2017. If the team does well, they have the potential to win scholarships to JJC for senior team members. After the JJC competition, the team will head to the ICTM state competition on May 6, 2017 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.