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Two students represent district at state math competition

John DownsTaison Scofield(03/21/2024) John Downs, a junior at Andover High School, and Taison Scofield, a freshman at Blaine High School, represented Anoka-Hennepin at this year’s Minnesota State High School Mathematics League tournament held March 11 at Spring Lake Park High School.

Downs was the number one overall finisher in the North Suburban Division earning himself a spot in the state competition. Scofield placed third overall in the division and section competition to advance to state.

Math League is an after-school activity where students study to take two tests for each competition with topics ranging from Algebra 1 & 2, geometry, precalculus, probability, statistics and more. Students begin practice in October in preparation for the first competition in November and typically compete in five events throughout the school year. 

Each school then selects eight students for their varsity roster and those students’ points count toward team totals in events. Every participant from each school competes as an individual in two events and the eight-member team participates in a team portion of the competition. 

Math League provides students with the opportunity to be challenged mathematically and to learn about topics not typically covered in a regular math class and is open to all students.