Congratulations Mathletes! St. Anne's Episcopal School students have once again qualified for the Delaware Secondary School Mathematics League's State Invitational! Zach Mozher was the high scorer among all 7th graders at the four regional meets and Amaan Rather and Stanley Chen tied for second place top scorers in the region for 8th graders. The St. Anne's seventh grade qualifying team includes Farah El-Jazzar, Zach Mozher, Niha Mukkamala, Jordan Myrick, and Aina Puri. The eighth grade qualifying team includes Emma Applegate, Caroline Bennett, Stanley Chen, Jiya Patel, Luke Ratliff, and Amaan Rather. Congratulations!
For many years, St. Anne's has participated in the Delaware Secondary School Mathematics League, or Math League, which is currently sponsored by DCTM – Delaware Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The purpose of Math League is to cultivate an interest in mathematics through team competition. There are four regional competitions per year; the top scoring teams and the top scoring individuals from each region are then invited to participate in the Invitational Meets at the end of the regular season.
This year St. Anne's has 15 8th graders and almost 20 7th graders in Math League who compete against four other schools in our region. There are 11 teams per grade. St. Anne's students adeptly juggled their Math League participation, solid academic load, athletic commitments, and other family responsibilities during the season. Our Math League Teams placed well at all meets and took first or second place a number of times!
At our first meet of the season, one of our 8th grade teams earned second place while our two 7th grade teams earned second and third place. Coach Main notes that Amaan Rather correctly answered all seven questions. He was the only 8th grader in our region to get a perfect score at the first meet.
Our second meet was tougher, with both seventh and eighth grade teams earning fourth place out of the 11 teams per grade. We came back strong at the third meet: one of the 8th grade teams earned first place and a 7th grade team tied for second!
At the final meet of the season, one of our 7th grade teams placed first out of the 10 participating teams and one of our 8th grade teams placed second out of 11 teams.
We congratulate all of our "mathletes" for pursuing their passion for math and competing in Math League. Successful participation in Math League draws on nearly all of the "top 10 skills" students need for today, and tomorrow, including negotiation, judgment and decision making, and cognitive flexibility, as well as complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity.
We encourage all of our middle school students to consider joining Math League. We expect to have a strong team next year and invite this year's 6th graders to join!