The Evanston Township High School Math Team competed in the ICTM Regional Contest on Feb. 20 at North Park University against Stevenson, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, Mundelein, Maine South, New Trier, Niles North and Niles West.

ETHS placed second as a team at the contest site and sixth in the 4AA Division. Team and individual honors went to several teams: Freshmen Written team placed second with Sam Miller placing first individually; Sophomore Written Team placed second, with Elliot Chanen placing first individually; Junior Written Team placed first, with Judah Schvimer and Zach Levine placing second individually; Calculator Team placed third; freshmen/sophomore two-person team of sophomores Elliot Chanen and Sam Sagan placed third; and junior/senior two-person team of juniors Judah Schvimer and Zach Levine placed first.

Twelve students qualified for the AIME (American Invitational Math Exam), the second round of the American High School National Mathematics Competition. Qualifying for the AIME clearly establishes a student as one of the best math students in the nation. The students in the U.S. who score the highest on these two tests qualify for the United States Olympiad. The 12 students are Zachary Levine, Paul Barnes, Benjamin Sheu, Sam Sagan, Sarah Peters, Nathan Walter, Kristin Managlia, Elliot Chanen, Zach Miksis, Judah Schvimer, Sam Straus and Colin White.

Four seniors – Aaron Damashek, Sarah Peters, Vidur Sood and Mark Specht – are among 21 students who were just named semifinalists in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS).

They will present their science research to panels of professors on March 27 at Loyola University. Senior Brendan Flanagan-Rosario will serve as an alternate. The six Loyola finalists will travel to nationals in Bethesda, Md., to present to the judges; the top three will be selected. The four ETHS students did original work in astrophysics, network theory, atmospheric science and fluid dynamics, respectively.

ETHS has had 34 semifinalists in the past ten years, and an ETHS student has gone on to win at Loyola six of the last nine years.

Five students from a new ETHS club, the SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) Jr., competed recently in the U.S. Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl, sponsored by SHPE national organization. It was their first time competing in this science bowl, and they won third place. The five students are Carlos Berber (sophomore), Miguel Coronel (sophomore), Natalie Estrada (sophomore), Daniel Herrera (senior), and Maritza Navarrete (sophomore). The team consisted of four competing students, one alternate and at least one coach. The students rotated the alternate position throughout the rounds and were coached by Daniel Angel, the SHPE president for the Northwestern Chapter, and Carlos Rodriguez, Northwestern Alumnus-SHPE member. The competition, which drew 20 teams from several Chicago-area high schools, was held at Benito Juarez High School.

One of six ETHS Junior Engineering and Technical Society (JETS) teams won in regional competition at Triton College. The team was composed of seniors Aaron Damashek, Maggie Hanson, Colleen Harper, Sarah Peters, Ashok Raife, Jon Spalding, Mark Specht and Sarah Uttal. ETHS awaits word on state rankings for its JETS teams, but this group will be competitive for winning State with their score. This also sets them up to have a high national ranking, which will depend on how they do with a second part of the competition. National rankings will be announced in April.