Cortland students placed first and second at regional math tourney. On March 7, Ithaca College hosted their annual Math Exploration Day. Sophomores and juniors from several local high schools spent a fun filled day on the college campus. Twenty students from Cortland Senior High School participated in the mathematical competition. Students compete in groups of four. During the team competition, math teachers enjoyed a professional development presentation. Following the competition, students and teachers explored mathematical ideas in a variety of areas.
There were a total of forty-six teams competing in the mathematical competition. The Cortland team of Meredith Brafman, Giovanni Cinquanti, Alexander Ryan and Daniel Ruggiero tied for first place with a team of students from Johnson City while the team of Mira Dovi, Tess Engst-Mansilla, Ella Wilson and Elyssa Yonta took second place. Also competing from Cortland were juniors Aaron Hughes, Andy Ryan, Lauren Swartz and Merrill Storch as well as sophomores Hannah Aldrich, Joshua Anecelle, Kathryn Aumick, Nicholas Djafari, Seamus Gailor, Julia Spaziani, Lark Stevens and Lillian Quick. The Cortland students were accompanied by high school math teachers Carol Brafman, Paul Drexler and Pete Reif.
Giovanni Cinquanti commented, "The day was a memorable experience filled with learning about how math is applied in the real world. The math exploration stations all gave insight as to how mathematics is applied to the real world." Alexander Ryan stated, "The competition involved mathematical skills and also problem solving ability. There were so many questions that required us to think outside of the box."
"It was a great day. Everyone had fun and learned something new," said high school math teacher Paul Drexler. "Winning was just a cherry on top. Just a great tribute to all of the efforts of the students and teachers."
Both students and teachers look forward to going to this event next year at Ithaca College! We are proud of all twenty students that competed and of the two teams that placed first and second!