Math team finishes in the 50th percentile at regional meet

AT’s Math Team finished their 2021-22 season after they went to conference and regionals and is a way for students to compete with others in math related events.
Math team is a club that consists of different groups of students competing on either the algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, or precalculus team in different math related events. These events include 2 person teams and 8 person teams where students collaborate to solve math problems, calculator events which include solving math problems on a calculator, verbal math events where students explain how to solve a math problem in a presentation, and speed math events where students are timed and try to solve problems as quickly as they can.
The season ran from the beginning of the school year and ended on Feb. 26 after the team attended the regional meet.
On Feb. 22 the team went to conference where the team placed 7th out of the 14 teams that were present at the competition.
During the conference meet sophomore Alexander Addison, a part of the Geometry team placed with an individual score in the top ten.
On Feb. 26 the team went to their regional competition and came in at 32nd place out of the 64 teams that competed.
At regionals sophomore Nathan Stout placed in the top 5 for the Algebra 2 team and freshman Katelyn Ford placed 7th for the Algebra 1 team.
The team spent a lot of the season working on their goals of improving their scores at each competition.
“Our goals were to improve turnout and improve with each meet and we did well with that,” said Geometry math team coach Matt Bauers.
They also worked this year to get back into things after having a year where everything was virtual. This year they were able to have practices in person and they spent their time at practice trying to learn from each other as well as have fun together.
“Practices were always fun, I think our favorite times as coaches were the practices. Watching people compete in the competitions we would have for the two person teams and having them challenge and speed as quickly as they could. We would have students driving equations on the board for everyone to see and challenging each other,” said math team coach Jason Bugajsky
The team faced some challenges during their season having to go back and forth with their competitions in person and then having to move online due to Covid.
“A challenge from is year is that we went from in person to virtual, then back to in person and virtual again, so it’s been a challenge trying to maintain the competitiveness of competing against other schools online when things are more individual,” said Bugajsky
Throughout the entirety of the season leading up to conference and regionals the team showed improvements in their meets.
“Conference and regionals went well with our different subject areas showing improvement over the course of the season,” said Bauers.
The team has spent the year working hard trying and challenging themselves mathematically even with the challenges they faced throughout the season.

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