St. Joseph Math Team captures 2nd place on the season

WP-StJoesMathTeamCMYKIn its second year of competition, the Math Team from St. Joseph Catholic School in Waconia made great strides in the West Metro Division of the Minnesota Junior High Math League.
The team achieved many of the goals that it set at the beginning of the season, including its overall goal of placing second or higher for the season.
St. Joe’s was second only to Minnetonka Middle School East, which had two of the top individuals in the state. Other teams in the division included Delano, Chapel Hill Academy, Notre Dame Academy, and St. Therese School.
At each meet, the mathletes completed two individual tests and then a team test.  The highest team test score for St. Joe’s came in Meet 3 with a score of 36 out of 40 points, which beat the record set last year which was 28 points.
Another goal of the team this year was to have a perfect individual test score.  This happened multiple times. In Meet 2, Alex Klawitter, John Brose, and Jason Cafarella each had a perfect test score.  In Meet 4, Klawitter had his second perfect test score of the season.
Individuals leading the way included Klawitter, who placed 12th out of more than 100 mathletes in the division.  Klawitter was only two points away from ninth place. Emily Leonard proved to be a solid competitor for the team finishing in 16th place individually, followed by Stan Kohls, who ended the season strong in 22nd place overall.
The team was coached by Kristi Klawitter, math teacher at St. Joe’s, and Mike Sieve, Ridgewater College mathematics instructor and current St. Joseph parent. The returning 6th and 7th graders are already planning for bigger and better results for next season.