MSSM mathletes win State Math Meet

12 years ago

LIMESTONE – Of the 93 Maine high schools participating in the 36th annual Maine State Math Meet at the Bangor Auditorium, Maine School of Science and Mathematics students emerged victorious for the second consecutive year.


Contributed photo by Tracey Lee Murphy
Recently winning the overall and Class A title of the 36th annual Maine State Math Meet in Bangor was MSSM’s champion math team. They are, from left, coaches Kevin Joyce and Pete Pedersen, Kevin McDonough, James Jelin, Klaas Pruiksma, Braeden Benedix, Thomas Murphy, MinKyu Kim, Trevor Quigley, Wesley Zeng, Roger Van Peski, Rachel Olugbemi, Joelle Dionne and coach Jessica McGreevy.

Eleven MSSM students achieved the highest total score of 743 points, winning the overall and Class A Finals. They were followed closely by Fryeburg Academy with 727 and Hebron Academy with a total score of 635. Approximately 950 students from the various teams competed during the event.

“I certainly enjoyed participating in the State Math Meet this year,” said Rachel Olugbemi of Presque Isle, explaining as this was her first year participating in the event. “I got to represent MSSM in a large event, with hundreds of other mathematically-inclined youth. The thrill of competition and victory was astounding, and so was the thought that, through teamwork and cooperation, we had excelled,” she added. “This was an experience that I happily hope to repeat next year.”

MSSM’s winning mathletes are Kevin McDonough of Scarborough, Rachel Olugbemi of Presque Isle, Thomas Murphy of Rockport, Braeden Benedix of Kennebunk, Roger Van Peski of Northport, MinKyu Kim of Daejeon, South Korea, Klaas Pruiksma of Lewiston, James Jelin of Kennebunkport, Trevor Quigley of Moody, Wesley Zeng of Presque Isle and Joelle Dionne of Madawaska.

Their coaches included MSSM Mathematics Department Chair Pete Pedersen, Mathematics Instructor Jessica McGreevy, Interim Mathematics Instructor Kevin Joyce and MSSM Executive Director Luke Shorty.

“We set a high standard for our math team for this competition. Even though they are an incredibly busy group of kids they met our challenge with enthusiasm and we are so impressed by their achievement,” said Pedersen. “They truly are a focused, hardworking and committed group of young people.”

Opened in 1995, MSSM is a tuition-free public boarding high school that enrolls students from around the state. In September 2011, US News & World Report ranked it the 14th best math and science high school in the nation, and the top in New England. School officials hold their next open house on Sunday, May 6 and Monday, May 7. To attend the MSSM open house or for more information call 325-3601 or email