For Mu Alpha Theta State Champions, The Limit Does Not Exist

Posted April 6, 2022 / Last updated April 12, 2022

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For only the second time in 60 years, Jesuit’s math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, claimed a state championship by beating out some of the top mathematical minds from across Louisiana at the annual Mu Alpha Theta State Convention. With this year marking the 60th anniversary of the convention, 46 members of Mu Alpha Theta and 12 other geometry students represented Jesuit in Baton Rouge.

The convention’s competitive events include area tests, individual tests, games, and an interschool test.

Area Test Results

Freshman Aiden Wang took first place on the Geometry Area Test, and sophomore Peter Le came in 3rd on the Algebra II Area Test. Juniors Max Daly, Patrick Dowd, and Brock Guillot all scored in the top 10 on the Advanced Math Area Test, ranking 1st, 9th, and 10th, and Anthony Guernsey scored 5th on the Trigonometry Test.

Individual Test Results

Senior Dylan Bracey came in 3rd on the Scholarship Test, and seniors Luc Carriere and Mitchell Stevens ranked 3rd and 15th respectively on the AB Calculus Test. Juniors Ethan Benoit, Preston Rumney, and Wade Rogers took 10th, 13th, and 15th on the Precalculus Test.

For the Algebra II Test, sophomores William Bellott, Pete Metzinger, and David Paul earned 1st, 2nd, and 4th place finishes while Dylan Patel and Charlie Garitty contributed to defeating the competition by taking 11th and 15th place.

Geometry students swept the competition, raking in 80% of the top 10 spots on the Geometry Individual Test.

  • 1st place, Carter Jennings
  • 2nd place, Andrew Duncan
  • 3rd place, Henry Lackey
  • 4th place, Jackson Sober
  • 5th place, Evans Wise
  • 7th place, Salvatore Esola
  • 8th place, Cole Maestri
  • 9th place, Ethan Lapeze

Games Results

In three rounds of four different types of games, 48 of Jesuit’s 58 attendees went on to rank in the top five teams of each game. All but four students ended up in the finals.

In “Descartes,” Dylan Bracey took 2nd place in Calculus BC, and Raahil Rab took 3rd in Algebra II. In “Hustle,” the team composed of senior Taylor Trepagnier, juniors Ethan Benoit and Dylan Falcon, and sophomore William Bellott earned 3rd place.

In “Gemini,” Jesuit teams ranked in every division in which they competed. The Calculus team of seniors Matthew Vuong and Ethan Waugaman took 3rd place; the Precalculus team of juniors Wade Rogers and Asher Terrell finished in 2nd place; two Algebra II teams, the first made up of sophomores Mason Becker and Charlie Garitty and the second made up sophomore Jonathan Jordan and freshman Cole Maestri, claimed 1st and 3rd place respectively; and the Geometry team of freshmen Casey Cognevich and Salvatore Esola earned 1st place.

Ciphering Results

In Math Bowl Finals for Ciphering, Jesuit outnumbered the competition again by ranking in the top four teams at every level of competition:  

  • The Calculus BC team of Michael Paul Fine, Nick Nobile, Jack Scott, and Shreyash Singh took 3rd place.
  • The Calculus AB team of Louis Bercaw, Luc Carriere, Michael Nair, and Mitchell Stevens took 4th place.
  • The Precalculus team of Leo Garcia, Daniel Lee, Jake Palo, and Preston Rumney took 3rd place.
  • The Precalculus team of Patrick Dowd, Matthew Guilbault, Brock Guillot, and Kyle Jackson took 5th place.
  • The Algebra II team of Parker Alig, Pete Metzinger, Dylan Patel, and David Paul took 1st place.
  • The Algebra II team of juniors Garrett Orgeron and Peyton Warden worked with sophomores Diego Fernandez and Charlie Pullen to take 3rd place.
  • The Geometry team of Andrew Duncan, Henry Lackey, Ethan Lapeze, and Evans Wise took 1st place.
  • The Geometry team of Carter Jennings, Rishab Prabhu, Carter Rigney, and Jackson Sober took 3rd place.

Interschool Test

On the interschool test, Precalculus students worked together in the Alpha Division to place 3rd for the weekend. In the Theta Division, Algebra II and Geometry students comfortably came in 1st place.