The 2022-23 Math Team from left: Jayden Brown, Ben Gilbert, Alec Buckley, Coach Libby Mooney, Nandi Gero, Mica Houghton, Dana Lee, Kaylin Lizotte, Izzy Petersen, Henry Maddox
By Francis McGonigle Dow ‘26 and Huckleberry Huber-Rees ‘26
Special from the Lincoln Academy Eagle’s Talon
On Tuesday April 3, 10 out of 12 Lincoln Academy students on the math team traveled to the Augusta Civic Center to participate in the State Math Meet. This meet was the first in-person state-level meet after Covid disrupted regular competitions. Typically, the team participates in five regional meets per season. “It was a really cool opportunity to be able to go to that building and see all of the math teams in the state and be able to compete against them when you can see them not just online,” said Jayden Brown ‘25.
Out of 21 teams, LA placed third in Division B. Jayden Brown ‘25 placed 21st overall in the state and qualified for the Maine All-Star team, which travels to Penn State to compete in Nationals. Mica Houghton ’24 placed second and Dana Lee ‘24 third among competing juniors. Out of the senior participants, Izzy Peterson ‘23 placed 5th and Henry Maddox ‘23 placed 9th.
During math meets, the team participates in five 12-minute rounds: one round is worth three points, one is worth four points, one is worth five points, and lastly a collaborative team round, with nine questions. Each round has a different topic, with each having varying levels of difficulty.
“At the meet our team did pretty well, but it was more fun than anything, and I got to meet some new people,” said Jayden Brown ‘25.
The LA math team provides an opportunity to hone and improve mathematical skills and collaboration. Since the beginning of the 2022-23 season, team members have improved their skills and excelled in competition to reach where they are now. According to math team coach Ms. Mooney, “the math team is a wonderful opportunity to advance your math skills and fosters collaboration between members. The team is very close, and members are always supporting each other in any way they can.”
If you are interested in joining the math team, show up to the math team FLB in the fall. According to Ms. Mooney, you don’t need to excel at math to participate in the math team; you just need to enjoy it. Ms. Mooney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Francis and Huck are freshmen reporters for the Talon. Though they like writing about the math team, they are both in algebra I.