The Southwest Math Team has had the largest math team in the state of Minnesota last year...for the third year in a row. Overall last year, 120 students participated in at least one meet. Additionally, about 20 more students occasionally attended practices but never made it to an actual meet. Our completely arbitrary goal of a 10% of the student body participation level was within reach.
The team has been successful in recent years, winning the Minneapolis division for the last six years and finishing within the top ten teams in the state during several of those same years. We have also been featured in the Star Tribune and on Kare 11.
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 coaches of the Southwest Math Team, we try to go further by encouraging as many students as possible to participate in math team practices and events. While we 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.
Our practices run four times per week this year. Two practices are 'open' and geared toward the individual events. Two practices are '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 started in early September. Contact David McMayer for details about joining the team.