Two students from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child placed nationally against hundreds of schools across the United States in the recent Catholic Math League competition.

Caroline Hall ’20 and Leticia Sefia ’21, who placed second and fourth, respectively, were honored among additional excelling math students during Oak Knoll’s general homeroom on Wednesday, May 5. Honorees were presented with certificates, while Hall and Sefia received a copy of “Math Girls,” a young adult math-themed novel by Hiroshi Yuki. Hall also received a trophy.  

“The Math Department is very proud of our students and their commitment and performance in Catholic Math League,” said Upper School Math Teacher Jennifer Peterson. “It’s wonderful to see so many students take an interest in math outside the classroom. The girls should be very proud of themselves and all their hard work.”                 

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As a team, Oak Knoll also won first place in the 15-school division for geometry and students received a special plaque recognizing their outstanding achievement. The team included Katrina Bergen ’20, of Cranford; Avery Donahue ’20, of Madison; Cara Feit ’20, of Chatham; Juliana Feit ’20, of Chatham; Hall, Mary Margaret Schroeder ’20, of Summit; Faith Bulan ’20, of New Providence; and Keelin Schlageter ’20, of Maplewood.

Hall, of New Providence, and Sefia, of Irvington, were also among four Oak Knoll students who placed in the top three in the school’s division in their respective disciplines. Hall finished first in geometry while Sefia finished second in algebra I. Paula Sefia ’22, of Irvington, and Cara Feit also finished in third place in pre-algebra and geometry, respectively.

The Catholic Math League is a national math competition that is used by hundreds of schools as a special tool to assist in the development of mathematical skills for students in grades 3 and older.

Each competition included four 30-minute tests, which were graded with winners being honored based on their cumulative scores.