Math Team

The Boys' Latin NSBE Math Team competed in its first Try-Math-a-Lon in 2012 at the NSBE Annual Convention in Pittsburgh. Since then, students have competed in a number of competitions in multiple states and around Philadelphia. Students meet twice a week and on select Saturdays to prepare for competitions throughout the year. In addition, students complete community service projects and fundraise to attend competitions.

Students have competed at the following competitions since 2012:
  • 2012 NSBE Annual Convention Try-Math-a-Lon USA Competition (Pittsburgh)
  • 2012 NSBE Annual Convention Boeing Flight Challenge (Pittsburgh)--second place
  • 2012 NSBE Region II Fall Regional Conference Try-Math-a-Lon Competition(Norfolk, Virginia)--top six team, third place in quiz bowl, perfect individual test scorer
  • 2013 NSBE Annual Convention Amazing Race: Math Edition (Indianapolis, Indiana) 
  • 2013 Philadelphia March Math Madness--second place
  • 2013 Community College of Philadelphia Colonial Math Challenge--third place
In addition, students are making plans to attend the following competitions during the 2013-2014 school year:
  • NSBE Region II Fall Regional Conference Try-Math-a-Lon (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge at Drexel University

The Boys' Latin NSBE Math Team at the Amazing Race: Math Edition in Indianapolis

Teachers and students (grades 9-12) from nine Philadelphia public schools participated in the first-ever March Math Madness competition on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

March Math Madness, hosted by the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers in partnership with the NSBE chapter at the University of Pennsylvania, is a fast-paced mathematics competition that pushes high-achieving high school students to solve problems using logic and reasoning. March Math Madness also allows students to sharpen teamwork skills and prepare for the SAT.

The competition capitalizes upon the excitement surrounding the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament and emphasizes that college readiness involves a strong foundation in mathematics and the ability to think critically.


Division I Champions: Academy at Palumbo
Division I Runners-up: Boy' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
Division II Champions: Olney Charter High School

Most Valuable Player (Highest Individual Score): Angelo D., Academy at Palumbo

Participating Schools
Academy at Palumbo
Boy' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
George Washington Carver High School for Engineering and Science
Communications Technology High School
Mastery Charter School--Lenfest Campus
Mastery Charter School--Pickett Campus
Olney Charter High School
Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice
University City High School Promise Academy

Sponsors and Supporters

Boys' Latin NSBE Jr. Chapter
University of Pennsylvania NSBE Chapter
Boys' Latin Extended Family Network
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Jan 18, 2013, 1:49 PM