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SJA Math Team Among Nation's Best

Senior Shynggys Menglibay from Kazakhstan participates in a Math Madness competition.

The St. Johnsbury Academy Math Team participates annually in Math Madness, the nation's premier on-line mathematics competition. In the most recent standings, the Academy ranked 33rd in the entire United States (for top-20 students); 4th among New England boarding schools, and was the top school in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. St. Johnsbury Academy and Phillips Academy (Andover) are the only New England independent schools ranked in the top 35 schools (for top-20 students) two years in a row.

The Math Madness website says, "In its 5th season, Math Madness is emerging as one of the premiere 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.

Sharon Fadden, Chair of the SJA mathematics department, said, "The kids love this competition! The number of students participating is steadily increasing. It is exciting to see the level of enthusiasm that our students bring to each round. 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, and to be in the top 100, never mind to be 33rd, 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."