The Archbishop Williams High School Math Team took second place at a home meet against six other schools on December 8.
This is the second meet AWHS has hosted this year, and the first for the Southeastern Massachusetts Mathematics League (SMML). AWHS, which is in Division 3, competed against Braintree High School, Milton High School, Oliver Ames High School, Randolph High School, Stoughton High School, and Thayer Academy.
Senior Michael Howes was one of the school’s competitors. “It’s cool going up against kids from other schools,” Howes said. “It’s a lot different from playing a sport, but I like it.”
“It was pretty good,” said senior Daisy Xiaodian Zhang who assisted students and teachers with the event. “It was very nice to see how much students from other schools enjoyed our new cafeteria. I was definitely proud of our school and the team.”
For junior Viola Han Xu, “The meet was a lot of fun for everyone!” she said.
AWHS teachers Chris Brunner and Amanda Picardi coach the team. "Math Team is important because it provides a fun and safe space for students to explore mathematics,” said Brunner. “There aren't many opportunities in the area for high school students to have fun, challenge themselves with hard problems, and simply enjoy math!” he said.
In October, the school hosted the Intermediate Mathematics League of Eastern Massachusetts (IMLEM) which included participants from the AWHS Grade 7 & 8 Program.
On January 3, the competition begins again at Thayer Academy, and beyond that, the team plans to participate in a fourth regular season meet. After that, Brunner is hoping the team finishes in the top 10 in a league of 36 schools which would guarantee participation in the playoffs scheduled for March.
“The success of the AWHS team speaks volumes to the quality of the mathematics education that we offer our students here at AWHS. I am very proud of all these students and the work they have put in to the math team!” Brunner said.