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Southwest Math Team
This picture was taken right before our first competition in 2015-2016

The Southwest Math Team has had the largest math team in the state of Minnesota every year for that last several years. Most teams in the league opperate with 15-20 students. With over 80 students on out active roster lastyear, Southwest has achieved "super large status". Many of those students attended several of the competitions last year.

The team has been successful in recent years, winning the Minneapolis division every year for the last twelve years and finishing within the top ten teams in the state during several of those same years. Last year, the Varsity team finished the season ranked 13th in the state out of 172 teams in the league. That performance placed us in the first "Class" at the state tournament, effectively competing against teams ranked 1-15. At the state tournament, we finished in tenth place in the Alpha Class. I was very proud of the students who represented Southwest so well!

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 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 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 two times per week this year. We hold practice after school on Monday in room E112 from 3:15 until 4:30. We also hold practice before school on Thursday in room E112  from 7:00 until 7:50.

Additionally, the Southwest Math Team and the Southwest Math Department host the American Mathematics Competition Exams  (AMC 10 and AMC 12) in February. We will run two sessions this year, both after school. Contact David McMayer if interested.

Practices will start on September 13 this year and continue through February. Contact David McMayer for details about joining the team!