Minnesota Junior High School Mathematics League was founded in 1986
by Marlys Henke. It was originally formed with eight junior high
schools from the City of St. Paul, and was modeled after the Minnesota
State High School Mathematics League (MSHSML). The two organizations
share the same
The purpose of the JHML is to encourage students to participate in math contests, serve as a "farm club" for the MSHSML, enable students to meet mathletes from other schools, and to provide recognition for students excelling in mathematics. It also serves as preparation for the annual MathCounts competition. The meet topics are based on the MathCounts topics.
Member schools belong to a division of two to fifteen schools that often are aligned with their athletic conference competitors. Each school has a team ( or teams ) with a maximum of six students with no more than four eighth graders. Individual participation is also encouraged for those not on the official team. The teams in each division come together for five meets each season. During the 2009-2010 season the League had almost 2000 students from 120 schools around the state of Minnesota participating in 24 divisions.
Ms. Henke started her teaching career in 1968,
teaching math and chemistry in Zambia, Africa. In 1970 she joined the
St. Paul Public Schools where she taught chemistry at the old Mechanic
Arts High School. In the late 1970's Ms. Henke taught math and science
at Highland Park Junior High School. In 1980 she became a member of the
math department at St. Paul Central High School. She became the coach
of the Central Math Team in 1984 and brought them to the State
Tournament every year from 1990 to 2004,
winning the State Championship in 1997 and 2001. In June of 2004
she retired from active teaching, but remains active in the Senior High
At the 2005 Summer Conference of the Minnesota
Senior High School Math League, MS. Henke was inducted in the first
class of the League's Hall of Fame.
Ms. Henke has also coached Minnesota's American Regions Math League teams and has been State Director of the American Junior High School Math Exam given every November.
Henke passed away February 6th, 2014, after a year long battle with
cancer. We hope to carry on her legacy into the future.
News FlashA new Board of Directors has been formed for the Minnesota Junior High Math League. We will be adding a few more members.
If you check the box to the left, you will see that the Junior High Math League has new officers and contact information. Please use that for contacting the JHML. The old contacts will work but may be a little slower in responding.
With the new school year rapidly approaching, coaches need to be thinking about the new season. Notice the link below for the new way of filling out the Letter of Intent.
A revised list of Meet Topics has been added under the Topics button on the left. We think that the topics for this year are pretty solid, but check back occasionally. We will try to email a copy to all coaches of record.
One major change is that we will be doing as much as possible via electronic communication. There is no longer a hard copy Letter of Intent. You can fill out a form online at Letter of Intent. All Coaches of record from last year should have gotten an email with the link in it.
More news will follow as it becomes available.
This site was last updated September 19, 2014.
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