The Southwest Math Team has had one of the largest math teams in the state of Minnesota last year. Overall last year, 104 students participated in at least one meet. Additionally, about 15 more students occasionally attended practices but never made it to an actual meet.
The team has been successful in recent years, winning the Minneapolis division for the last eight years and finishing within the top ten teams in the state during several of those same years.
The Minnesota State High School Mathematics League exists to identify students who have unusual mathematical ability, to give them recognition and encouragement, to bring them together with similarly gifted students for mutual stimulation, and to prod them into the study of topics not commonly taught in the high school curriculum.
As the coach of the Southwest Math Team, I try to go further by encouraging as many students as possible to participate in math team practices and events. While the math teachers at Southwest certatinly recognize that our academic club isn't first on everyone's list, we stand by our belief that many students will significantly benefit from the experiences we offer in practice and in competition.
Our practices run three times per week this year. The two afternoon practices on Monday and Wednesday afternoon are 'open' and geared toward the individual events. The Thursday morning practice is 'semi-closed' and intended for students on the varsity and junior varsity scoring teams...but anyone is welcome to come and participate in the learning.
Practice will start on September 8th this year. Contact David McMayer for details about joining the team.