On Tuesday, April 3, the Lincoln Academy Math Team competed at the Maine State Math Meet, finishing second in Class B and fourth in all classes out of 95 teams statewide.
The LA team scored 421 points overall, placing them in close second to Class B champion John Bapst High School, who scored 424 points.
“We were hoping to repeat last year’s [Class B] victory,” said Lincoln Academy math and science teacher Libby Mooney, who coaches the team along with Tristan Plumb. “And we came very close! We had to overcome a 22 point deficit, and we came within three points of John Bapst but we couldn’t quite get the win.”
The high scorer for the LA team was sophomore Quinn Straus, who scored a personal best of 48 points and earned a bronze medal among sophomores. Juniors William Doan and Stella Shi were also awarded medals for seventh and eighth place among juniors in the state.
The State Meet follows outstanding performances for the math team during the five regular season meets. LA finished first in Class B and second in the state based on points scored during the regular season. The season high scorer was was junior William Doan, who placed 11th overall in the state based on cumulative totals.
The following students earned trophies in the Central Maine Math League for their year-long efforts: Seniors: Eva Lu, second place; Rain She, sixth place; Sunny Zhou, eleventh place; and Peter Zeng, twelfth place. Juniors: William Doan, first place; Antony Wu, second place; Wendy Qin and Stella Shi, tied for third place; Jemma Tang and Wenxin Liang, tied for fifth place. Sophomores: Quinn Straus, third place.
The team will travel to Canton, MA compete in the New England Math meet on April 27.
In addition to post-season travel to New England’s, seven of ten varsity team members qualified for the Maine All-Star team that competes at Penn State on June 2 in the 2018 Math Team Nationals. This year’s LA representatives to Nationals are: William Doan, Antony Wu, Wendy Qin, Stella Shi, Eva Lu, Wenxin Liang, and Jemma Tang.
“I am very proud of this group of students,” said Mooney. “They have worked very hard and they have developed solid problem-solving skills that they will take with them to New Englands and Nationals.”