Photos by Kathy Mabry
Math Club is the co-curricular home to approximately 20 mathletes this year with about half of them regularly entering competitions. Many of the students are active in other STEM activities as well, especially robotics, according to Ms. McNamara.
Each November, Math Club members take the AMC (American Mathematics Competitions) exam, an individual exam that allows students to qualify for state and national exams. In 2022–23, three students made it all the way to the national level — Shaan Keole ’24, Doer He ’25 and Ming Yang ’25. At nationals, Shaan took second place in the 11th grade division and Ming took third place in the 10th grade division.
Math Club also participates in MathLeague events, a team-based competition held on Sunday afternoons. Ms. McNamara notes that during these competitions, 10–15 students will gather at Brophy to work, via Zoom, on problems with all the other groups who are also competing.
Ms. McNamara states, “One of the things that I think is really important is that students see that academic material can be fun and competitive, just like a sport. They learn a lot and really build their problem-solving skills, and they have a lot of fun doing it. And they win a lot!” She continues, “I was really good at math in high school and I constantly hoped I could have a ‘cooler’ talent like sports or theater or art. I never want these boys to feel like that. I like that they learn that their really great math skills are absolutely worth celebrating.”
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The Roundup has been published for more than 70 years, having started in 1952 when Brophy reopened. The 1956 yearbook states that “the paper has been mimeographed, but the staff hopes to have printed issues in the future.” In 1967, the newspaper announced it was turning “pro” and “leaving offset printing for the slicker letterpress method.” The Roundup of 1969 proudly claimed to be “controversial,” almost causing a lawsuit and forcing “Fr. Freitas to issue a rebuttal over the P.A.”
By 1982, guided by Fr. John Becker, SJ, the paper had a full-fledged editorial staff as well as an illustrator and typesetter. Sports editor Tom Blodgett ’82 went on to work in local news and teach at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Decades later, in 2019, former Roundup editor, Andrew Howard ’17, the editor of ASU’s The State Press at the time, broke a national news story when the special envoy to Ukraine abruptly resigned his job with the state department and Andrew got the scoop, ending up a newsmaker himself on the pages of the New York Times and other major newspapers.
Today, The Roundup is a thriving student newspaper that publishes five professionally printed editions a year, plus offers a digital version on its website at roundup.brophyprep.org. It includes news, entertainment, sports and opinion sections, as well as a podcast. The main staffers are the students in Mr. Jake Kelly’s journalism class, with about 10 additional contributors. As moderator, Mr. Kelly tries to not only help the staff develop journalism skills, but to also discuss the nature of journalism and its role in a healthy democracy.
During the 2022–23 school year The Roundup took first place for print newspapers and second for online newspapers from the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association. In 2017, it won a prestigious National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Award. A free press remains part of the bedrock of democracy and future journalists are getting top-notch training at Brophy.