MEDWAY — Medway High School Principal John Murray and teacher Shanley Heller are pleased to share the success of Medway High School’s Math Team.
The club allows students to work together to solve problems in order to master math concepts such as basic geometry or complex theoretical problems. The club offers a place for every student regardless of their level of math proficiency and continues to support learning and academic growth alongside friends and peers.
The team has grown significantly in the past couple of years following the team’s transition to an online competition league in 2019. The team is led by President Lilly Woodard, Vice President Rebecca Chleboski, Secretary Nick Tomasetti and Treasurer Simon Beyzerov. Other student members included Megan D’Souza, Lily Erving, Ava Fahey, Katie Gage, Alex Montana, Destiny Ojukwu, Jess Signore and eighth-grader Palak Yadav.
The team met virtually every Tuesday to practice and prepare for competitions, which took place once per month from October to March. The online contests generally consist of six problems of increasing difficulty, with 30 minutes to complete. The questions are often atypical to what the students see in school, but relate to similar concepts.
Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 for this season, students have excelled in online competitions this year. The team’s final competition took place at the end of March, and they ended their season just four points shy of being one of the top scoring high schools in the New England League. The club earned the highest number of points in its history, with 101 points overall.
The team’s exceptional season was led in part by Beyzerov who was one of the top-scoring students in the New England League, finishing with a score of 33 points out of 36 possible points.
“I would like to congratulate the math team for their accomplishments and incredible success this year,” Principal Murray said. “It’s great to see students able to continue to pursue their interests through clubs and other extracurriculars in spite of the challenges this year. I’d like to thank advisor Shanley Heller for her dedication to the team and her efforts working with the students through remote practices and competitions.”
The team is advised by Heller, a Medway High School math teacher. Volunteer Barry Heller from EMC/Dell has been assisting the team for three years, providing mini lessons and helping the students learn to problem solve. In previous years, the team met in person and also participated in the WPI Invitational competition, which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19.