Morgan Park Academy’s math team reestablished its place among the top teams in the state, closing out a condensed 2021 season by placing third in the region and 13th in the state in Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) testing in March 2021.

After posting high scores at the American Mathematics Competitions, MPA nearly duplicated its program-best, 10th-place state finish at ICTM two years ago with a strong team that earned a host of regional and state awards in Division 1A competition against 60 similarly sized schools.

Coached by math teacher Diane Nead, the team is composed of seniors Emmett Campbell, Sabrina Eng, Frank Li, Lucy Lu, and Wayne Zhang; juniors Tiffany Chen, Celia Echols, Maanav Kaistha, Lydia Liu, and Merlin Mo; sophomores Kaleb Bandele, Selena Eng, Michaela Olimene, Oriella Ortiz, and Shawn Shi; and freshmen Tess Concannon, Annie Thompson, and Morgan Yancey.


  • Pre-Calculus: Frank placed third in region, 15th in state
  • Algebra 2: Merlin placed first in region, sixth in state
  • Algebra 2: Lydia tied for sixth in region, 27th in state
  • Algebra 2: Tiffany tied for sixth in region, 27th in state
  • Geometry: Selena placed 10th in region


  • Algebra 2 team: first in region, sixth in state
  • Pre-Calculus team: fourth in region, 17th in state
  • Freshman-Sophomore team: third in region, 13th in state
  • Junior-Senior team: first in region, fourth in state
  • Calculator team: third in region, 11th in state