Mathletes prepared for tonight’s state competition in Dover
Baseball players toss the ball back and forth, basketball players take jump shots, and football players run through their plays.
But what do mathletes do before their competitions?
“The mathletes are preparing for states by memorizing pi to the thousandth decimal place and eating two pounds of carrots each day,” joked Kelly Quinn.
The 35th annual Math League State Invitational Competition takes place in Dover tonight (April 16) at 4:30 pm, and Pencader Charter High School will be well represented. Pencader’s 10th-12th grade team placed 4th in the region to qualify for the state competition, and two 9th graders scored high enough to qualify for the individual competition.
The 10th-12th grade team consists of seniors Ryan Cheng, Tom Krauss, and Joan Lu, and juniors Brandon Gilbert and Vishal Patel. During regular competitions, Gilbert tied for the third highest score in the region. The team is coached by Quinn, a math teacher at Pencader.
The freshmen who qualified for the individual competition are Arabelle Osicky and Paolo Tiamson. The 9th-grade team was coached by Pencader math teacher Brett Townsend.
“It’s a good experience,” said Tiamson. “Even if you don’t score perfectly every time, you learn to improve every meet.”
The 10th-12th grade team will be given six individual questions and two team questions, with limited time to answer. They will compete against 12 other teams. The freshmen will be given six individual questions. Following the competition, there will be a dinner and an awards ceremony.
“Our pencils are sharp and our batteries are fresh,” said Quinn.