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Lemont’s Mathletes squad places 17th at 2018 ICTM State Finals


Lemont's Mathletes squad won its fifth regional title in six years and advanced to the ICTM Division 3AA State Finals.

Lemont High School’s Mathletes team placed 17th of 58 teams at the 2018 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Division 3AA State Finals, which were contested on Saturday, May 5, on the campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The team was making its fifth team state finals appearance in six seasons.

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Seniors Arjun Reddigari and Josh Reitz tied for 16th in the Junior/Senior 2-Person Team category, while freshmen Sriya Gandhi, William Gorski, Michael Haughey, Ryan Madera, Kelsi Padalia and Ethan Ragasa were 16th in the Algebra I Written Team competition.

The team’s top finishes in individual contests came from Ragasa, who was 33rd in Algebra I, and sophomore Ben Clarage, who was 35th in Geometry.

Lemont earned an automatic state finals berth by winning the Joliet area regional competition on February 24 at Joliet Junior College. The team placed among the top three in all 10 regional events, which included five first-place finishes and four runner-up placements. The squad finished with a team score of 488, edging runner-up Willowbrook (464).

Clarage (Geometry), Gorski (Algebra I) and junior Kirsten Kash (Algebra II) all placed first in their respective individual contests.

Reddigiari, Reitz, and seniors Anna Ford, Laura Hunter, Jana Lacanlale and Aaron Swenson teamed to win the Pre-Calculus Written Team competition. Clarage joined with sophomores Caroline Bukowski, Manisha Joseph, Aubrey Molitor, Jacob Pulido and Megan Zhou to capture the Geometry Written Team competition, while Gorski and freshmen Sriya Gandhi, Michael Haughey, Ryan Madera and Kelsi Padalia triumphed in the Algebra I Written Team competition.

Other winning teams included Reddigari and Reitz in the Junior/Senior 2-Person Team category, and Bukowski and Gandhi in the Freshman/Sophomore 2-Person Team competition.

Kash teamed with Lucy Conway, Matthew Gasienica, Anna Goranski, Natalie Palarz and Katrina Retzke for a runner-up finish in the Algebra II Written Team competition. Goranski and Kash also were second in the Oral Team category.

Ford, Goranski, Hunter, Kash, Lacanlale, Palarz, Reddigari and Retzke came together for a runner-up finish in the Junior/Senior 8-Person Team competition, while Bukowski, Gandhi, Haughey, Joseph, Madera, Molitor, Padalia and Zhou finished second in the Freshman/Sophomore 8-Person Team category.

Lemont’s Mathletes team is coached by Angela Marshall, Dardrae Breig, Abbey Scupin and Ken Suslek. It has finished among the state’s top 20 in its division 10 times in 12 years, including 11th-place finishes in 2007 and 2013.

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