Marshalltown High School Math Team qualifies for Midwest Regionals

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All five MHS Math Team students contributed to the team’s Midwest Regionals qualification. Top left – senior Jay Drummer; Top right – Ketcham brothers Trevor (left) and Derek (right); Bottom left – junior Marek Jablonski; Bottom right – senior Zach Swartz.

The Marshalltown High School Math Team impressed during state-level competition last weekend, earning a qualification for the Midwest Regionals competition.

The Math Team students – seniors Zach Swartz, Trevor Ketcham, and Jay Drummer; junior Marek Jablonski; and freshman Derek Ketcham – earned fifth place overall at the virtually-held state competition. The students were tested as individuals and also worked as a cohesive team.

“Each student competed at their own home with their parents proctoring,” said MHS Extended Learning Program teacher Susan Fritzell. “They did collaborate as a team for the ‘power’ question, in which they met together for an hour via a video chat. Otherwise, each student was on their own for the three separate components of the contest.”

Individual results for the MHS Math Team included: In the senior category, Zach Swartz placed fourth overall, Trevor Ketcham placed seventh, and Jay Drummer came in at 11th place. Marek Jablonski placed ninth among juniors, and Derek Ketcham placed 10th among freshmen.

Fritzell said it is unclear yet whether the Midwest Regionals competition – originally scheduled to take place in May in Kansas City – will occur virtually this year.

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