Minnesota State High School Mathematics League

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The Minnesota State High School Mathematics League is a high school mathematics league in the state of Minnesota. It was founded in 1980 by Macalester College professor Wayne Roberts. The league holds five statewide tournaments per year from November through February, as well as a state tournament in March. It is one of the Minnesota Mathematics Competitions.

Regular season[edit]

There are five meets for each regular season. For each meet, there are four individual events, A-D. Each mathlete chooses to compete in two individual events. Each high school chooses its eight top mathletes, including at least two students below the eleventh grade, as its "varsity" team, which actually earns points in the name of the school and competes together in the team event; the other students simply compete for themselves in whichever two individual events they choose. Each individual event contains one one point question and three two point questions, so the maximum a person may score per meet is fourteen points. The team events each contain six questions worth four points each. A team's total score is determined by adding the individual scores of the varsity members and the varsity team score. At the end of the season, teams are selected for the state tournament based on their season score.[1]

State tournament[edit]

The state tournament begins with the Invitational event. The Invitational is a 14-question test (with a maximum score of 24) taken by the top 50 students in the regular season. This is followed by the Math Bowl. The Math Bowl brings together the top 10 scorers from the Invitational, and they compete on stage by solving ten problems one at a time within a limited amount of time. Later during the day, there is a meet that is structured like the other meets during the regular season.

Past winners[edit]

The league officially recognizes individual and team winners of two types each season, one with the highest overall regular season score, and one with the highest state tournament score. The league also crowns one math bowl winner each season. Since the 1988–1989 season, the league has recognized an additional Tier 2 state tournament winner among smaller schools, with larger schools designated as Tier 1.[2]

Year Individual Team
Season Tournament Math Bowl Season Tournament (Tier 1/Overall) Tournament (Tier 2)
2020-2021 Matthew Chen Linden Lee Linden Lee Wayzata High School Wayzata High School Mankato West High School
2019-2020 Ben Yan Timothy Alexander, Alexander Zhu Alexander Zhu Wayzata High School Wayzata High School Technical Senior High School
2018-2019 Frank Han, Frank Lu Frank Han, Frank Lu Frank Han Wayzata High School Wayzata High School Highland Park High School
2017-2018 Geoffrey Chen, Frank Han, Frank Lu, Daniel Stein Frank Han, Alexander Zhu Alexander Zhu Wayzata High School Century High School St. John's Preparatory
2016-2017 Frank Han, Alex Pan, Daniel Stein, Michael Tang Frank Han, Nikhil Marda, Michael Tang, Nathan Weckwerth, Jenny Zhang Frank Han Wayzata High School Edina High School Cotter High School
2015-2016 Daniel Qu Kenrick Bjelland, Frank Han, Daniel Qu, Michael Tang Michael Tang Wayzata High School Wayzata High School St. John's Preparatory
2014-2015 Daniel Qu, Daniel Stein, Henry Wang, Nathan Weckwerth Jordan Haack Michael Tang Wayzata High School Edina High School St. Paul Academy
2013-2014 Henry Wang Michael Tang Michael Tang Wayzata High School Edina High School Shattuck-St. Mary's School
2012-2013 Abram Sanderson Ian McMeeking, Andy Ylitalo, Roy Zhao Roy Zhao Wayzata High School Wayzata High School St. Paul Academy
2011-2012 Abram Sanderson Roy Zhao Wayzata High School Wayzata High School Cotter High School
2010-2011 Rohit Agrawal, Gaurav Singh Rohit Agrawal, Gaurav Singh Wayzata High School Wayzata High School Cotter High School
2009-2010 Rohit Agrawal, Gaurav Singh Rohit Agrawal Wayzata High School Wayzata High School St. Paul Academy
2008-2009 Rohit Agrawal Martin Camacho Wayzata High School Wayzata High School Cotter High School
2007-2008 Shui Hu Shui Hu Wayzata High School Wayzata High School St. Paul Academy
2006-2007 Nick Arnosti Rohan Agrawal, Shui Hu St. Paul Central High School St. Paul Central High School The Marshall School
2005-2006 Rohan Agrawal, Shui Hu Rohan Agrawal Mounds View High School Mounds View High School
2004-2005 Silas Johnson Daniel Gibson Wayzata High School Wayzata High School St. Paul Academy
2003-2004 Ning Zhou Ning Zhou Wayzata High School Wayzata High School St. Paul Academy
2002-2003 Dan Baker Daniel Herriges Highland Park High School Wayzata High School St. Paul Academy
2001-2002 Pavel Batrachenko Matt Thibault Highland Park High School Highland Park High School The Marshall School
2000-2001 Matt Thibault Michel D'sa Mounds View High School St. Paul Central High School The Marshall School
1999-2000 Andrew Gacek, Sam Lindsay-Levine, Nate Sheetz Sam Lindsay-Levine Mounds View High School Mounds View High School Benilde-St. Margaret's
1998-1999 Andy Niedermaier Jon Moon St. Paul Central High School St. Paul Academy Benilde-St. Margaret's
1997-1998 Dave Freeman Dave Freeman St. Paul Central High School Irondale High School Benilde-St. Margaret's
1996-1997 Jin Wang Bill Owens St. Paul Central High School St. Paul Central High School The Blake School
1995-1996 Michael Korn Michael Korn Mounds View High School Wayzata High School The Blake School
1994-1995 Michael Korn Michael Korn Mounds View High School Mounds View High School St. Paul Academy
1993-1994 Derek Farmer Matt Koetz Irondale High School St. Paul Academy The Blake School
1992-1993 Mary Hu Tom Wieand Bloomington Jefferson High School Bloomington Jefferson High School The Blake School
1991-1992 Erik Vee Kuan Chen Wu Hibbing High School St. Paul Academy Moose Lake High School
1990-1991 Ron Dror Ron Dror Spring Lake Park High School Columbia Heights High School St. Anthony Village High School
1989-1990 Matt Kelly Matt Kelly The Blake School Mounds View High School St. Anthony Village High School
1988-1989 Steve Walther Tom Monikowski Columbia Heights High School Owatonna High School St. Paul Academy
Year Season Tournament Season Tournament
1987-1988 Josh Brandon Jim Mashek Minneapolis South High School Highland Park High School
1986-1987 Steve Kuhn Peter Bermann Saint Louis Park High School Saint Louis Park High School
1985-1986 Hieu Nguyen Tom Chung Apple Valley High School
1984-1985 Paul Ohman Tom Chung Saint Louis Park High School St. Paul Academy
1983-1984 Mike Pavloff Minneapolis South High School
1982-1983 Bob Fink Hibbing High School
Year Twin City Division Iron Range Division Twin City Division Iron Range Division
1981-1982 Son Nguyen Joe Baraga Highland Park High School Hibbing High School
1980-1981 Erik Riddle Como Park Senior High School

All-state math teams[edit]

The Minnesota State High School Mathematics League sponsors the Minnesota All-State Mathematics Teams, which compete annually at ARML (American Regions Mathematics League), HMMT (Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament) and some other college math competitions. Selection is based on the math league regular season and state tournament scores and American Mathematics Competitions scores. The MN All-State Gold Team is the first team, consisting of 15 students for ARML and 8 students for HMMT.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS LEAGUE: LEAGUE MANUAL 2020-2021" (PDF). Minnesota State High School Mathematics League. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  2. ^ 1980-2005 data from Roberts, A. Wayne (2005). Minnesota Math League XXV. Beaver's Pond Press. ISBN 1-59298-111-9.

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