Here Comes The Math Team!

Calculating and solving problems is all for sport


Rohith Ghose

Abington's Math Team prepare for their meet on January 9, 2020. Standing left to right are Mr. Jayakumar, the adviser, freshman Dan Bondarenko, freshman Jacob Boyle (rear), sophomore Alexandar Gouthro, junior Hudson Araujo (rear), junior Elizabeth Roy, senior Ailey Riddick (rear), senior Erin McDermott, senior Manda Riddick (rear), freshmen Ella Scott, senior Cam Curney (rear), sophomore Molly McLaughlin, junior Brian Tolan (rear), sophomore Collin Hamill (rear), senior Rohith Ghose (rear), freshman Matthew Teixeira, and freshman Ava Bickford (rear far right)

Rohith Ghose, Staff Writer

Abington High School’s math team is composed of a group of students who enjoy math. This year approximately 25 students are enrolled on the team. Students from all grades are on Math Team.

In order to be an active member on the math team, Abington students are required to participate in at least one meet. The meets take place monthly. Students from other districts in the South Shore area meet in a different high school every month. Each math team hosts a meet by welcoming other students. It is usually held in a cafeteria where the host school provides pizza.

After the free pizza is served, all the varsity members are called to a certain classroom to participate in their rounds. The varsity teams consist of five students, each with a minimum of two freshmen or sophomores. There are three rounds for the varsity members.  Each round focuses on a distinct mathematical topic. For instance, round one could be algebra I and round two could be geometry, etc.

Besides varsity, there is an alternate team. Those who do not want to participate on one of the varsity teams can act as alternates. However, only varsity members’ scores go towards a team’s total.

At the end of the varsity rounds, the members are escorted down to the cafeteria. The varsity members and the alternate members team up for a team round. After all of the math team competition ends, the final scores are collected by local high school math team adviser. Once this is accomplished, the scores are announced.

Abington’s performance has been at a slightly better level than in past years. And this year, Abington moved into a harder league which includes Thayer Academy and Braintree.

The math team currently places fifth in the division out of the six teams, right ahead of Stoughton.  The Green Wave has improved over the years, currently ranking 29th out of 37 teams. Last year, they were ranked 31st.  In 2017 – 18, they ranked 30th.  In 2016 – 17, they ranked 37th.

Their first meet of this year was at Randolph High School on Nov. 7 and the team placed fifth. More recently, in January, they met at Thayer Academy in Braintree, which Abington lost.

The new math team leader for 2019-2020 at Abington High is Mr. Jayakumar. He is a math and computer science teacher. Prior to this year, Mr. Holzman was the adviser of the Math Team.

Mr. Jayakumar recently sat down for an interview about the Math Team.

What inspired you to be the math team adviser? 

“I love math and I think  the team is a great experience for students of all skill levels”

What do you hope to achieve as leader of the Math Team?

“I hope that students become more engaged with math and see that math can be something that is fun to do.”

Why do you think that there was a large turnout this year?

“I have no idea, but it is great to see the interest.”

The next (and final) meet is at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree on February 6, but if interested in joining the team, be sure to sign up next year.

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