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Joliet West Mathletes successful at Regional Math Meet & JJC Invitational

3/21/2018, 12:10 p.m.
The Joliet West High School Mathletes attended two math competitions in the past two weeks and finished very strong.
The Joliet West High School Mathletes attended two math competitions in the past two weeks and finished very strong. Submitted photo

The Joliet West High School Mathletes attended two math competitions in the past two weeks and finished very strong.

During the ICTM Regional Math Meet on February 24 at Joliet Junior College, the Joliet West Mathletes were successful in several categories.

Adele Pelzer and Summit Kumar won in third place in the two-person freshman/sophomore competition.

Mary Pelzer and Anna Nguyen won in third place in the two-person junior/senior competition.

Mary Pelzer and Maddie Blaauw won in third place in a very challenging oral competition on Markov chains, and Adele Pelzer earned a fifth place individual finish in Algebra to advance to the state competition in May.

At the JJC Invitational on March 7, the Joliet West Mathletes also won in several categories.

In first place overall, the senior team – consisting of Andre Biasella, Kristen Boeringa, Kayli Glidic, Ethan Miller, Anna Nguyen, Kendra Paez, James Papandria, Kalvin Fellows and Jack Pierson – earned first place finishes in all three senior written competitions (trigonometric equations, parametric equations, and sequences and series).

The junior team – consisting of Derek Layne, Mary Pelzer, Taylor Hogg, Sarah Huerta and Summit Kumar – earned first place finishes in junior written competition (systems of linear equations) and second place in two junior written topics (logarithms and quadratic functions).

The freshman team – consisting of Keli Akabuto, Adele Pelzer, and Alexis Nixon – earned second place in one written freshman topic (functions).

The graphing calculator team – consisting of Anna Nguyen, Ethan Miller, James Papandria, Jack Pierson, and Derek Layne – earned first place in the graphing calculator competition.

Oralist Mary Pelzer earned both first place in an oral topic (expected values) and 2nd place in oral topic (systems of nonlinear inequalities).