This week, the Upper School math team finished their best season in years with a tie for second place at the State Math meet. Because of the team's past success in the Minnesota State Math League, the Spartans were moved up to Class AAA this season, which means that not only did the team do exceptionally well in their division but they also excelled against the largest and best high schools in the state.
The Upper School math team had a great season of competitions leading up to the state tournament. Overall, SPA won all five regular-season meets in the Tri-Metro Division of Twin Cities private schools and the team easily won the East Suburban District to qualify for State. The Spartan's regular season total of 501 points was the fourth best in the state and was only one point behind Century High School of Rochester (who placed third).
At the State Meet, the SPA team consisted of Noel Abraham '21, Tommy Allen '20, Richard Chang '20, Jack Hlavka '22, Jeffrey Huang '19, Michaela Polley '19, Jonathan Pomerantz '19, Matt Pauly '19, and Eric Zheng '20. Overall, the Spartans tied for second with Mounds View, with both teams scoring 99 points, and SPA took home the third place trophy because Mounds View beat them on the tiebreaker which was most regular-season points. Wayzata High School finished State first with 107 points.
Jeffrey, Richard, Eric, and Jack also qualified for the individual invitational tournament held in conjunction with the team tournament. For the second year in a row, Eric finished in the top 10 in that competition and was one of ten students to compete in the prestigious Math Bowl, which is a game-show style competition held on stage at the State Meet. Jeffrey qualified for the Math Bowl in 2018.
The team is coached by Upper School Math teachers Dan O'Loughlin and Olaf Lakin.
In addition to their success in the State Math League, five of these students also had great success in the American Mathematics Competitions. Jeffrey, Richard, Eric, Jack, and Jonathan all qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) which was given on March 13. They all qualified through their performance on the AMC12, which is an examination taken every February by tens of thousands of students around the country each year. The top 5% of students who take the AMC 12 qualify for the AIME.
Way to go, Spartans!