OR math team receives trophy for conference title

Nov 9, 2021

The award presentation was delayed by more than a year, but the accomplishment still added up to a sweet victory for the Old Rochester Regional High School math team.

The team won the conference title for the Southeastern Massachusetts Mathematics League title for its 2019-2020 performance in early 2020 but just received their trophy last month during a meet at Dartmouth High School. That was the first in-person match since the OR team won its title.

Winning the 2019-2020 title qualified the team for the playoffs, but they were cancelled due to covid, said Melanie Kellum, math teacher, mathematics coordinator and math team advisor.

The playoffs were scheduled for March 11, 2020. But at that time, “covid was getting pretty active’’ and some participating schools decided to cancel their participation.

Two days later, all schools were closed across the state.

The students were proud of their trophy, which they won after defeating four other teams from area high schools.

“The kids were excited,’’ she said.

The ORR mathematics team has won awards in the past, but not in some time, Kellum said.

So the title and delayed trophy represented “a good little bit of news.’’

Members of the winning team are: Mackenzie Luong; Alexa McLeod; Luke Hanson; Rebecca Milde; Emma Williamson; Autumn Tilley; Daphne Poirier; John Pereira; Evan Smith; Jake Louden; Quinn Davignon; Mason Hanks; Sakurako Hunyh-Aoyama.