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February 28, 2024

Oak Hill Math Team Places Second at CBA Brother Christian Jones Middle School Math Tournament Contest

Fifty-one years ago, Christian Brothers Academy began their Brother Christian Jones Middle School Math Tournament.  Since its inception in 1973, the goal is to challenge the depth of students’ math knowledge through a variety of thought provoking questions.  This year’s tournament consisted of four preliminary rounds and one final tournament round.  Each of the preliminary rounds, taken within the participating schools, consisted of 10 multiple choice and one open-ended question all designed and corrected by the students on the CBA Math Team.  The team score was the sum of the top four students per school.

Oak Hill Academy, a private school in Lincroft New Jersey, had a lead going into the final round, but since the competition consisted of twelve strong local public and parochial schools, maintaining the lead was not certain.

NJ Private School Math Team

On February 23, the Oak Hill Academy Math Team, consisting of Jack Pellegrini, Rebel Mondschein, Sahaana Shah, Andie Sparano, Amir Waldman, Grace Zheng, James Badishkanian and James Fu convened to participate in this final exciting round. Unlike the first four preliminary rounds, which were all completed as individuals, this final round was completed as a team.

After the events were graded, all schools convened in the library for the awards ceremony.  Oak Hill Academy came in second place in the entire competition, and was the highest scoring private school.  There were 608 students competing in all four preliminary rounds.  8th grader, Jack Pellegrini came in 4th place overall and 7th grader, Grace Zheng, came in first place (tied with a student from another school) out of all 608 competitors!!

Congratulations to the Oak Hill Math Team and Coach Mrs. Rita Cotterell for their outstanding performance!

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