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OHS Math Team Headed to State

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Sophomore Michael Rascher also qualifies for the State Individual Meet

Congratulations to the Orono High School Math Team! This dedicated group of students, led by Coach Pat Bacon, qualified for the State Math League tournament. Congratulations are also in order for sophomore Michael Rascher who also qualified for the State Individual Meet.

“This is a pretty big deal for the kids,” said Coach Bacon. “I’m so proud of the team for staying focused during an unprecedented year. The season was challenging from a scheduling and technological standpoint, and they never complained about meeting at 7 a.m. or having a meet at 8 p.m.”

The team competed in five virtual meets and finished first in the Metro Alliance division. The team tournament will be held on March 15, 2021. Eight team members and one alternate will represent Orono in the competition.  Each student will take two individual short tests and then collaborate to solve challenging problems in the team event.

Michael Rascher will compete in the State Individual Meet on March 8, 2021. He said, “Math team has been a great way for me to connect with other high school students this year, especially in the midst of the pandemic. We had a lot of changes to our team this year, including having all of our meets online. We also got a great new coach for this season: Mr. Bacon.”

Michael enjoys applying his interest in math in many ways. He plans to pursue a major in the STEM field in college and hopes to have a career in engineering.

“Applying math to engineering problems gives me the ability to calculate the outcome of real-life situations by building on concepts that I have learned in math team,” Michael said.

He encourages other Orono students to consider joining the team next year. “It will greatly expand your understanding of mathematics by applying what you’ve learned in math classes.”

Coach Bacon shared, ”As a first-year coach, starting just a few days before the first meet, I appreciated how the senior leaders on the team stepped up and helped me navigate the process. Qualifying for State is a great reward for all of the team members and they should be proud of this accomplishment.”

Meet the 2020-21 Orono Math Team

Seniors Jillian Dore
Josh Pusch
Laura Schoenzeit
Megan Schoenzeit
Julia Stevens
Max Welty
Juniors Johanna Johnson
Nova Tseng
Sophomores Zara Coakley
Caden Houge
Michael Rascher
Freshmen Blake Barrington
Jack Eugster
Joey Mariani
Nelli Vaiko