As seen in many of our own competitions and sports, holding the national title is not always the easiest to manage. This year, the Mu Alpha Theta team earned the title of state champion after winning the Mu Alpha Theta State Convention in Orlando April 20-22. Forty-eight students and the Mu Alpha Theta coaches were presented with their rings Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Main Theater.
Last year, the team received a state and national championship ring. This year, however, the previous champion team from Buchholz reclaimed their national title. The Mu Alpha Theta advisors still wanted to commend the students for their state win and rewarded Mu Alpha Theta members who went to the state competition with a ring.
Before the presenting of rings, Mu Alpha Theta advisor Mr. Richard Rovere thanked the team and faculty for their work at both states and nationals. Then, coaches, sponsors and students received their rings.
Mu Alpha Theta seniors Andrew Ma, Vladyslav Oleksenko, Kevin Yeung, Emily Namm, Matthew Robbins, Martin Pena and Sophia Viner show off their new state championship rings. (Photo/Joanne Haner)
A Mu Alpha Theta member since his freshman year, junior Kevelya Koppa experienced holding both the state and national titles his freshman year as well as winning the state championship for a second time last year.
“I felt happy [that we won states], but at the same time I was upset because we didn’t win at nationals. Our loss makes us want to work harder for next year,” Koppa said.
After months of practice, Mu Alpha Theta members will start the new season in January.
All photos taken by Joanne Haner.