Tahoma High math team members bring home trophies from nationals

In a new record for the Tahoma High math team, team members brought home four trophies from the National Convention in Orlando.

The 8-person team from Tahoma placed 25th overall, out of 56 schools that competed.

"Competing at the national level was definitely a learning experience," club president Malise Yun said.

The team included Lauren Baek, Alexander Link Malise Yun, Melissa Anthony, Preston Fowler, Dylon Maertens, Kristen Ward, and Rhiana Martin.

The team won second place for their scrapbook that chronicles the club's activities during the year. The scrapbook committee was chaired by Lauren Baek and contributing members were Ruby Baek, Rachel Culp, Rhiana Martin, Jennifer Peng, Alyssa Truong, Kristen Ward, and Malise Yun.

Link brought home a trophy for placing 18th in Probability. Also bringing home a trophy was Anthony, who placed 19th in "The Mathematics of Rides and Rollercoasters," and Martin for finishing 19th in the Gemini Test.

The team is coached by Tahoma High math teacher Malinda Shirley.

"Our students work so hard all year to achieve this level of proficiency in mathematics," Shirley said. "Local support enables us to compete with the best mathematical minds in the nation. The Math team is most appreciative of all of those who have helped us so much."

Among those who support the team are Triumph Aerospace Systems Seattle, Kenworth Truck Company, Tahoma School District PTAs and ASB.

"Going to nationals is an experience that I will never forget," Maertens said. ""I learned lots of math and competed alongside my teammates while having some fun as well."

Next up for the team will be hosting the Math is Cool regional competition in November, which is open to students in grades 6-12.

For more information about the Tahoma math team or the upcoming Math is Cool competition email Shirley at


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