It’s Beginning to Add Up for Whitman’s Mathletes

Mathletes advisor Mr. Malaury Samedy, standing far left with his Mathlete team.
Mathletes advisor Mr. Malaury Samedy, standing far left with his Mathlete team.

Whitman’s Mathletes are in the middle of a challenging year, as the young team lost many experienced seniors to graduation early last summer.  “The upper classmen know a lot more math, have been competing for a few more years, and are more familiar with the questions,” said Whitman’s Mathletes advisor Mr. Malaury Samedy “But we have a large group of sophomores, so in a couple of years, when they are seniors, they will be delivering the scores we are looking for.”

After three competitions, the Wildcat Mathletes are in first place in their division and tied with Commack for second place overall in Suffolk County.  In a recent meet the team scored a 29 out of 30 and this latest score should place the Whitman team even closer to the top. Currently they are only 2 points away from the leader.

Seniors Chan Kang and Sean Conlon are the dominant players. “Both of these guys are doing especially well for us this year,” said Mr. Samedy. “Chan Kang continues to post perfect scores. He hasn’t made one mistake so far this season and recently won 1st place in the Suffolk County Tournament, his third year in a row winning first place.”

The Mathletes team comprises about 30 members. “The club is a lot of fun, and the members have the benefit of learning a lot of math that they will be exposed to in later grades,” said Mr. Samedy. “And there is always food!”

The Mathletes regular season ends in February, before the team begins the State Championship competitions in March. Whitman has continually posted successful seasons since bursting on the scene in 2010 earning a second-place tie with county powerhouse Ward Melville. In 2011 the team ended their season tied for first place with Commack, and last year closed the season in second place, only 2 points behind first place Ward Melville.

Is there a first place trophy in their future? Stay tuned.