Mason Wilson received an individual, 1st place overall award and Tori Cordista received an individual, 2nd place overall award at the competition.
Mathletes is the perfect opportunity for high schoolers to practice math with fellow classmates and learn new ways to perform math problems at area competitions against other schools.
They meet every other week to improve their math skills and learn new techniques from each other. The skills that Mathletes members obtain by participating on the team benefit the students in ways that a regular math class doesn’t.
“I like reinforcing all the math that I learned before...I know people that have taken Calculus before can teach others how to do it, so it’s really cool that I can learn some of the stuff I didn’t know,” said Mathletes President Tori Cordista.
Mathletes members go to competitions where various individuals can compete depending on who the competitions are open to.
Coridista said, “Different people go to different competitions because sometimes the requirements are really specific for who can compete. Sometimes they’re for all girls or all one grade. It kind of varies.”
Mathletes confirm that the program is educational and beneficial, yet it can still be fun by doing it with friends and having fun competing with fellow classmates. They not only go to competitions together, but the team bonds by taking field trips to places such as Wild Adventures.
The members prepare for competitions by completing practice packets full of old problems and challenging their teammates.
“We do our packets on the bus on the way and go over commonly asked questions to prepare,” said Mathletes member, Emily Dixon.
Mathletes is not only beneficial to one’s education, but can also be helpful with future careers.
“It looks really good on college applications and things like that, and I think it gives you a good appreciation for math outside of the classroom,” said Dixon.
Amanda Nelson, the team’s coach, has been involved with the team since it first began two years ago, but this is the first year she has led it by herself. According to Nelson, Mathletes is open to any high school student that is interested, and there are students of all math levels on the team.
“I really like going to competitions with my team because even though I don’t compete myself, it’s fun seeing them get excited about competing and when they win something it’s like all the hard work paid off,” said Nelson.