LWW Mathletes Win JJC Invitational
Friday, March 10, 2017

The Lincoln-Way West Mathletes continued their strong season with a victory at the Joliet Junior College Invitational on Wednesday, March 8. The West Mathletes competed in division AAA against Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Plainfield Central, and Plainfield North and finished in first place with 388 total points. With their first place team finish, the Mathletes earned six $500 scholarships to JJC that can be used by any senior from the team who plans on attending Joliet Junior College in the fall.

Thirty-eight West Mathletes competed in 15 different contests, and eight of those contest teams finished in either first or second place. Of the five schools who competed in division AAA, only one contest team earned a perfect score: the freshman Linear Equations team from LW West. The team was comprised of Mitchell Caballero, Emma Huelsmann, Michael Martorano, Samantha Reidy, Allison Thompson, and Isabel Tuckett.

All three freshman contest teams took first place. The Mixture Problem team earned a near perfect 47 points and the Radicals team scored 40 points. Both of these contests were 14 points higher than the second place school.

The demonstration contest on Trigonometric Inequalities also finished first with a score of 48. Senior Jessica Bettridge and Junior Kevin Beallis were given resource material to study prior to the event. At the contest, they were given ten minutes to prepare the solutions to several questions and then had to present their solutions to a pair of judges as if teaching a class. After that portion of their presentation, they were then given 3 extemporaneous questions to answer on the spot.

"Kevin and Jessica did a great job," commented Tim Barry, one of the West Mathletes coaches. "One of the judges from JJC made it a point to come over to me and compliment them again on how well they did. He was really impressed."

The JJC victory is a continuation of the great season that the West Mathletes have had this school year. In January, the Warriors took home their first Mathletes conference championship, and they qualified at least 21 students for the ICTM State competition with their strong finish at Regionals in February. The final list of who will qualify for the State competition will be released sometime in the middle of March.

"The kids have been working so hard all year. From the very beginning, the kids have shown a great deal of passion and enthusiasm for Mathletes, and they have been very successful because of it," said Holly Misener, coach of the West Mathletes.