COLLEGEVILLE -- Over 50 teams will gather on March 13th at South St. Paul High School for the Minnesota State Math League State meet.

The St. John's Prep math team is preparing to head to it's second state meet in a row.

Two divisions make up the state league, divided into large schools, and small schools. St. John's Prep is in the small school division.

Coach Mary Rueter says the mathletes benefit in several ways from their work throughout the season which runs from October through March.

"They become better critical thinkers, that's the big thing learning how to attack a problem that you're not familiar with at all and work towards a solution."

The meet itself is scored via students taking two individual tests each, and one team based test that is then added to their individual score.

Over 300 Minnesota schools field teams during the season that runs from October to March.

Nine of the 48 students on the team will be competing. Six students earned Individual division placer honors. They are:

  • Toto Chen in 1st place
  • Jim Song in 3rd
  • David Feng in 4th
  • Hobart Chen in 5th
  • Jennifer Lee in 7th
  • Amelia Broman in 9th

The meet runs from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.