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Collaborative team advances to State Championship

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Greenwich, CT | Added on March 25, 2014 At 02:47 PM

The Math Team at Greenwich High School is more than just solving problems. 

"Freshman year you get to the the High School and there are all these clubs that are yearning for members and I came to the Math Team and I decided I really liked it and every year the Captains are very distinguished so I was really impressed by what was going on here," said Fiona Young, Co-Captain.

"I love it because I feel like it's one of the few academic clubs where you don't have as much of a competitive ambient it's very cooperative just because of the nature of the competitions, it's not about doing better than your teammates, it's about collectively doing well," said Elisa Martinez, Co-Captain of the Math Team. "It's both difficult and intellectually stimulating but at the same time it's a really friendly kind of activity."

And the six students in the club are working very well together having just won their 5th consecutive Fairfield County Math League competition. In addition to their natural talent, the members attribute their success to their hard work. 

"We have practices every Monday and Thursday of each week and during those practices we give out practice rounds for every meet because every meet has a different topic so we will just drill everyone on the math team with practice questions," said Julia Wang, Co-Captain of the Math Team. "We also have qualifiers the last 2 practices before the meet to see who will make it onto the A-Team."

"It's very helpful what you learn from one competition for the next competition, so it all works together," said Michael Kural. 

Kural, who is considered a math prodigy, learned he had a knack for the subject when he was in sixth grade. Now as a Sophomore at the High School he says he enjoys meeting and beating the older students he meets in the competitions. 

"It feels pretty good I guess, but I enjoy spending time with everyone at the competition," said Kural. "I am kind of used to being with older people now but I enjoy it a lot, it's a really fun experience."

The Math Cardinals are preparing to compete for the Connecticut State Math League championship on Mar. 31st. 

"We feel reasonably prepared, we've done this for many years and it is not anyones first year," said Andrew Ma. "Obviously I can't say that we're definitely going to win but I think we have a very good chance."

If the team wins states again, it would be their 6th consecutive year as champions. 

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