Paced by Michael Bannon’s first-place performance in Algebra II, the Joliet Catholic Academy math team recently placed second in the regional competition at Lincoln-Way East High School.
Bannon, a Joliet resident, also placed first in Oral Presentation and qualified for the state tournament. Overall, JCA qualified nine individuals for state after taking second in the regional meet with 514 points.
Bannon and Mike Kaminski (Joliet) placed first in Oral Presentation to advance to state, while Bannon, Laura Gillespie (Joliet), Kaminski, Amy Koncar (Joliet), Nicholas Lennon () and Jessica Pettenuzzo (Shorewood) placed second in Algebra II Written and qualified together for state.
Ryan Hippman (Bolingbrook) placed fourth in Geometry, while Kaminski and Lennon each placed fifth in Algebra II to reach state. Matt Huey (Joliet) placed fifth in Pre-Calculus and Stephanie Demos (Plainfield) also placed in Pre-Calculus, with both advancing to the state competition.
Bobby Babich (Channahon), Aron Goeken (Shorewood), Jacey Lambert (Plainfield), Alexandra Mihalakakis (Naperville), Emma Valek (Joliet) and Adam Wahl (Plainfield) placed second in Algebra II; Demos, Andrew Gudac (Joliet), Huey, Alex Mantis (Joliet), Austin Naal (Joliet) and Rachelle Sartori (Joliet) placed second in Pre-Calculus Written; and Anthony McInerney (Bolingbrook) and Arianna Mihalakakos (Naperville) placed second in Frosh-Soph 2 Person.
Third-place finishers for JCA was the team of Bannon, Demos, Gillespie, Huey, Kaminski, Nick Humbles (Wilmington), Claire O’Connor (Joliet) and Mantis in Junior-Senior 8 Person and Seth Stockl (Plainfield), Luke Warpinski (Plainfield), Humbles and Kornelijus Survila (Joliet) in Calculators.
JCA also inducted 81 students into Mu Alpha Theta, the national honor society for math. They are:
Katherine Annis (Joliet), Sarah Bannon (Joliet), Stacy Bedore (Joliet), Anna Bertani (Joliet), Timothy Beutel (Joliet), Joseph Caprio (Bolingbrook), Joaquin Castro Calvo (Plainfield), Ashley Castro (Joliet), Kelsie Chasten (Channahon), Katie Chierigatti (Joliet), John Chignoli (Joliet), Nicholas Collofello (Joliet), Erin Corcoran (Plainfield), Stephanie Demos (Plainfield), Stephanie Desidierio (Joliet), Kevin Duchene (Joliet), Meggie Fahrner (Plainfield), Nicholas Fedosenko (Joliet), Kelly Feigh (Plainfield), Kelsey Fenske (Joliet), Nicole Formhals (Joliet), Theresa Gallo (Naperville), Michael Giaudrone (Joliet), Mallory Goulding (Plainfield), Andrew Gudac (Joliet), Ariba Hasan (Bolingbrook), Jillian Hickey (Oswego), Nolan Hucek (Joliet), Matthew Huey (Joliet), Nicholas Humbles (Wilmington), Christopher Jagodzinski (Channahon), Christopher Jelinek (Joliet), Jacob Judge (Plainfield), Austin Kairis (Crest Hill), Michael Kurtz (Joliet), Patrick Lanagan (Shorewood), Michelle LaViola (Plainfield), Xiaoyan Li (Bolingbrook), Gianna Lincoln (Joliet), Austin Mackert-Miller (Plainfield), Sean Mair (Plainfield), Julia Malinowski (Shorewood), Alex Mantis (Joliet), Kaitlyn McDonald (Joliet), Michael McGrath (Joliet), Zachery Melone (Joliet), Jacob Michalak (Joliet), Christopher Millerin (Joliet), Sarah Morimoto (Joliet), Daniel Mosca (Plainfield), Alexandria Murray (Plainfield), Austin Naal (Joliet), Jonathan Nonnie (Joliet), Mary Paluch (Joliet), Kevin Parfitt (Romeoville), Michael Passo (Plainfield), Anna-Marie Patrick (Joliet), Courtney Powers (Channahon), Daniel Rabulinski (Plainfield), Alaina Ragusa (Joliet), Lauren Randich (Joliet), Lisa Regganie (Wilmington), Joshua Rohrer (Plainfield), Alexander Rubocki (Joliet), Rachelle Sartori (Joliet), Anne Schmig (Joliet), Kyle Selvy (Joliet), Carley Serena (Shorewood), Mitchell Simpson (Shorewood), Elaine Skoff (Joliet), Alessa Smith (Shorewood), Carson Smith (Monee), Laurel Stofan (Joliet), Andrew Stover (Channahon), Kornelijus Survila (Joliet), Alexandria Trafton (Joliet), Myra Villas (Bolingbrook), Molly Vodacek (Crest Hill), Kaitlin Witmer (Plainfield), Antwanette Ysaguirre (Bolingbrook) and Alexis Zelehovitis (Joliet).
Marge Lakota, a JCA algebra teacher, is the moderator of the math team and Jan Brill, a JCA calculus/geometry teacher, is the moderator of Mu Alpha Theta.