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SJA Math Team Ranked #1 in U.S.


The St. Johnsbury Academy Math Team participates annually in Math Madness, the nation's premier on-line mathematics competition. In the standings for the first week in October, the Academy ranked first in the entire United States for top-five students taking the test. The Academy has ranked among the top one hundred schools in the country for three consecutive years. Additionally, two seniors, Matthew Hunton from Lyme, New Hampshire, and Carlos Yu from China, ranked in the top 100 students in the country out of the nearly 20,000 who competed.

The Math Madness website says, "In its 5th season, Math Madness is emerging as one of the premier academic competition events in the United States, soon to be world-wide. In 2016, well over 500 schools and 10,000 students from across the country competed in the online league, tournament and championship..." Rounds of the Math Madness competition are played in live-time via the internet using an iPad, laptop or similar device. The rankings are based on both number of questions answered correctly and the time taken to answer.

The St. Johnsbury Academy math department offers a strong base with Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Precalculus. However, because of our semester-based schedule, which allows a math class to be taken in the course of a semester rather than over a full year, many students move on to take AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, or AP Computer Science classes. Particularly motivated students may continue on to college-level Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra.

Sharon Fadden, Chair of the SJA mathematics department, said, "This year, our students have asked for and made the commitment to complete additional practice problems on specific topics. Their level of dedication is having an immediate impact on our results. The number of students participating is steadily increasing. Freshman in Algebra 1 are competing alongside seniors in our college level multivariable calculus course. The speed and real-time results of this competition make it very engaging for students."

Tom Lovett, Academy Headmaster, said, "This is a competition with the best schools in the country from coast to coast. Our being ranked first is a great testament to the quality of our math program and the training students get here. Sharon has done a great job building a math culture here and making our program truly world-class."

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