WESTMORELAND — For the second consecutive year, the Westmoreland Junior/Senior High School “Mathletics” team took home the gold.
The team, composed of students in grades 7-12, accumulated more points than any other school in the “Small Schools” division during the 2018-19 “Mathletics” season, which featured six monthly competitions.
For each competition, five members from each team are eligible to score points in an individual round and two team rounds. The individual round includes a test consisting of 10 questions involving logic, arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry and number theory. In the first team round, team members work together to solve and answer a multiple part question.
In the second team round, team members participate in a “math relay,” where they sit in a row and pass answers to each other. Each answer passed back to the next student on the team becomes part of the recipient’s question.
At the end of each competition, point totals for each school are announced and the top three scoring teams in each division are awarded ribbons. At the end of the season, the top three teams in each division based on a cumulative point total are awarded trophies and medals.
Westmoreland has participated in “Mathletics” since the 1960s, when the competition was first introduced to central New York. Although Westmoreland teams have experienced success in the past, they have never placed first two years in a row until now. The unprecedented and historic feat will be rewarded with a banquet this spring.
Math teacher Nicholas Darrah, “Mathletics” advisor, said he’s very proud of this year’s team and is sad to see its senior members move on.
“Many of the seniors have been active participants since the seventh and eighth grades, and have really bonded as team members,” Darrah said. “Although the graduating members will leave big shoes to fill, I am confident in the rest of our team and will continue to recruit new members.”