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Lemont Mathletes from six events advance to ICTM State Finals competition

4/13/2017


With its performance at the Joliet Junior College Regional on February 25, Lemont High School’s Mathletes squad fell just short of qualifying as a team for the 2017 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) State Finals. However, Lemont did advance competitors in six events to take part in the ICTM Division 3AA State Finals, which will be contested on Saturday, May 6, on the campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lemont finished as the runner-up at the Joliet Junior College Regional, totaling 380 points. Willowbrook (399) won the ICTM Regional, while Lemont, Providence Catholic (272), Yorkville (261) and Romeoville (237) rounded out the top five. Willowbrook earned automatic qualification to the ICTM Division 3AA State Finals by winning the regional.

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In team events, entries can qualify for state finals competition in one of three ways: finishing in first place at a regional with four or more schools competing; placing among the top ten teams statewide in their event (regardless of region); or scoring at or above the minimum qualifying score in their event.

Lemont won both the Algebra II Written Team and Freshman/Sophomore 8-Person Team competitions. The Algebra II squad includes juniors Anna Ford, Reece Graham, Laura Hunter, Jana Lacanlale, Alex Paulius and Arjun Reddigari; and the Freshman/Sophomore 8-Person team features sophomores Lucy Conway, Matt Gasienica, Kirsten Kash and Melanie LeBeck, and freshmen Caroline Bukowski, Manisha Joseph, Aubrey Molitor and Jacob Pulido.

Lemont finished as the regional runner-up in Algebra I Team Written, Geometry Team Written, Freshman/Sophomore 2-Person Team, Junior/Senior 2-Person Team, and Junior/Senior 8-Person Team.

In individual competitions, students can qualify to compete in the state finals in one of three ways: finishing among the regional’s top three individuals (for regionals with between 4-7 schools); placing among the top 25 individual scorers statewide in their topic, as determined by raw score (regardless of region); or scoring at or above the minimum qualifying score in the competition.

Reddigari and Lacanlale took first and second, respectively, in the Algebra II individual category, while senior Jimmy Sliwa was the runner-up in Pre-Calculus. Kash and sophomore Anna Goranski tied for third in Geometry, and Joseph and Pulido tied for third in Algebra I.

Earlier this season, Lemont won its fifth straight South Suburban Conference-Blue Division title; it was the program’s sixth SSC Blue crown.

Lemont’s Mathletes team is coached by Angela Marshall, Dardrae Breig, Abbey Scupin and Ken Suslek. Lemont has finished among its division’s top 20 teams in state finals competition nine of the last 10 years, including 11th-place finishes in both 2007 and 2013. The squad was 13th at last year’s state finals.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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