OHS math team enjoys successful year

Oregon High School Trig Star champions for the 2018-19 school year were, from left: Nora McGinty (first place), Marissa Zintel (second) and Brenden Dieter (third).

The Oregon High School math team once again enjoyed a season of high achievement and large participation, even without stands packed full of cheering crowds and the weekly headlines from other teams at school.

During the 2018-19 school year, more than 60 students were involved with one or more aspects of the group, including regular meetings; local, state, and national competitions; and an annual STEM Fair. OHS students brought home top awards in several competitions throughout the year, math team advisor Dave Ebert said.

“It was a very successful year for our mathematics students at many different levels of competition,” he wrote in an email to the Observer last week.

To prepare students for state and national competitions, OHS hosts a local, 15-week competition among its students, with 35 participating this year. Arik Zintel, Zeke Jeske, Alex Parker, Liesel Odden, Marissa Zintel and Bryanna Salazar earned top honors.

Students who excel in the local competition were invited to participate in the American Mathematics Competition in February, which includes over 300,000 students from over 6,000 schools. Seven OHS students participated in February, with top honors earned by Jeske, Parker and Nora McGinty.

In March, 13 students participated in the annual Trig Star competition, based on the practical application of trigonometry and sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Oregon’s top finishers were Brenden Dieter in third place, Zintel in second place and McGinty in first place.

The final competition of the year is the Wisconsin Mathematics Council State Mathematics Meet, held earlier this month. Schools from around the state form teams of eight students to compete in individual and team events.

Representing OHS were Lucas Dopart, Phoebe Jeske, Zeke Jeske, McGinty, Parker, Salazar, Arik Zintel and Marissa Zintel. OHS placed third in the state in Class A, with Phoebe Jeske and McGinty earning second team all-state honors and Zeke Jeske earning a place on the first team all-state team.

Ebert said with a majority of team members set to return next year, he’s “looking forward to even more success next year.”

“And we always welcome new members,” he said.

Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.