Math Team Wins at 1st Meet

Hunter Swanson, Writer

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Millbury’s Varsity Math Team participated in a meet at Wachusett Regional High School on Wednesday last week. They won first in their division with 44 points, a 19-point lead over second place. Our top scorers were Hunter Swanson, who got 15 out of 18 possible points, and Will Vorce, who got 9 points.
Those numbers sound great, but what do they mean?
At math meets, there are 6 rounds, 5 individual rounds and 1 team round, with 10 minutes per round. In each individual round, there are 3 questions, with questions 1, 2, and 3 worth 1, 2, or 3 points, respectively. The questions worth more points are typically more difficult, reaching levels unheard of in a normal math class by question 3. Since everyone is required to sit out of 2 of these rounds, the maximum individual score is 18. However, even a score of 2 or 3 is considered good.
Once the team round starts, teams of 5 people or less from each school put their combined brain-power together in order to try to answer 9 2-point questions. Communication in this round is encouraged, though restricted to the team alone. This means that the maximum score is 108 for a team, which is astronomically unlikely.
At the end of the meet, the highest-scoring team for each school is the team with the school’s official score. For Millbury at this meet, that team included Will Vorce, Alison Drapeau, Hunter Swanson, Adam Army, and Becky Kniskern.
In addition to placing first in Class D, the lowest division, Millbury outscored all of the teams in Class C, 3 of the 5 teams in Class B, and 2 of the 11 Class A teams. Furthermore, Hunter Swanson is placed 26th on the individual leader board for earning 15 points.
We would also like to recognize the teams of Kelsey Weeden, Aradhara Bissoondial, and Angelina Fenuccio, and of Dylan England, Giovanni Devivo, and Emily Beaumier for their hard work and success at the math meet.
For further information on math team, please visit https://wocomal.org.
 
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