Congratulations to WAB High School students Aiden, Isabel, Jonathan and Jeremy for earning awards at the 2022 American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12) organized by the American Mathematics Association (MAA). The test, which took place online in November 2022, is one of the most influential of its kind, with 300,000 students participating from more than 6,000 schools around the world each year.
AMC promotes enthusiasm for Math and develops positive attitudes towards analytical thinking that can assist in future careers. It also provides an effective basis for international universities, including Ivy League schools, to understand the academic achievements of applicants in mathematics subjects.
Reflecting on the impact that Math has had on her, Grade 10 student Isabel said: “Math has benefited me greatly; it has taught me a new method of thinking and has enhanced my logic.”
The four students picked up a total of seven awards: Grade 8 students Aiden and Jonathan won the AMC10 Honor Roll, an award that is only given to the top 5% of candidates. Jonathan also won the AMC10 Achievement Roll. Meanwhile, Grade 10 student Isabel won the AMC12 Achievement Roll. The three students achieved a score of 90% or more to earn the Achievement Roll. Moreover, Jeremy together with Isabel and Jonathan qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), a highly selective and prestigious 15-question 3-hour test for those who rank in the top 5% on the AMC 12.
“I am inspired to take part in this math competition because I am passionate about mathematics, and the AMC10 competition gives me a chance to take on challenging questions. I am thrilled by the beauty of math and mathematics is critical to solve many real-world problems that we may encounter every day. I would also like to thank WAB for providing me with math enrichment opportunities and math competition After-School Activity (ASA); through which I enhanced my ability and interests in various math competitions including AMC 10,” said Jonathan.
The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) consist of a series of increasingly difficult tests for students in middle school and high school, featuring 25 multiple-choice questions designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
Due to the student’s excellent performance as a team, WAB was awarded the 10A School Merit Roll, a title that is given to recognize top performing schools. A high score of between 300 and 399 is needed in order to be listed on the School Merit Roll.
The four students are passionate about math, and this competition has been a motivator to continue challenging themselves and pushing their math learning further.
“I plan to participate in the AIME (second stage of the AMC) in February, and am currently preparing for it, and I plan to continue doing AMC competitions in the future,” Aiden said.
Echoing those plans, Jeremy commented: “I am planning to challenge multiple math competitions to continue my interest. I am looking forward to the upcoming AIME, and I will need to warm up my brain for that. I will continue my math interest in my life. Lastly, thanks a lot to WAB for providing this opportunity.
“I would like to continue to delve into the correlation of math with other disciplines because mathematics is the “Science of all Sciences” and the 'Arts of all Arts',” Jonathan added.
Speaking of the students’ achievements High School Math teacher Tracy Lu said:
“I’m really proud of the students and want to take this chance to promote this great opportunity to G8 -12 students who are passionate about Math. The AMC has been a very popular competition at WAB and we’re proud to be an official AMC test center since last year.”
Congratulations to our student participants!