Huntington High School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national Math Honor Society recently held its annual badminton tournament in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium, drawing nine teams and raising hundreds of dollars for the organization’s scholarship fund.
The event drew four teams of faculty members and five student squads. Competition was once again fierce with many games coming down to the wire.
The semifinal round pitted Luke and Jack Farrell against Alex Bellisimo, Chris Segreti, Brenden Abedin and Jaden Italiano, which the Farrell’s pulling out the victory. On the other side of the bracket, the semifinals saw the school counselor team of State Lashin, Steve Pereira, Diana Bonill, and Jazmin Mejia going all out against a very talented student team captained by Jason Verville. The battle came down to the wire with Mr. Lashin diving to save the point.
The Farrell brothers took an early lead in the finals, but the skilled counselors rallied for a last minute win to take this year’s tournament championship.
“This marked the first time a faculty team has won the championship and they were proud to wear their medals,” said math teacher Monica Racz, who is Mu Alpha Theta’s faculty advisor. The winners also received gift cards compliments of Kerber Farms.
“The tournament was a huge success for us as a fund raiser, but more importantly it was great to see all the smiling faces,” Ms. Racz said. “We are very grateful to Alex Nelson from the physical education department for his assistance in helping us organize the courts. We are also very grateful for all the support from the faculty, as many teachers participated. It was a wonderful event integrating both generations.”
Huntington’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta has a history of being very active around the building. Founded more than two decades ago, the organization has carved out a unique place for itself in the busy lives of its members.
To be eligible for membership in the society students must be enrolled in a math class higher than Algebra 2 Trigonometry, have a minimum un-weighted average of 90 in previous math courses and have at least an 85 average in the first quarter of their pre-calculus (or higher) math class.