8th Graders Earn American Mathematics Competition Honors
On November 15, 2016, Priory 8th graders participated in the 32nd annual American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC 8). At the Monday morning STUCO assembly, mathematics department chair Dr. Rebecca Kalhorn announced that Michael Moen (left) and Devin Kancherla (right) earned the highest score at Priory, and placed in the top 5% of students nationally.
The AMC 8 is the nation's leading mathematics competition for middle schoolers and is designed to cultivate the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem solvers. In 2015, approximately 150,000 students worldwide participated in the AMC 8. Students who take the AMC 8 have the opportunity to develop creative quantitative thinking skills, which better prepares them to succeed in high school math classes. Doug Ensley, Interim Director of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions, wrote, “Mathematics drives the innovations that shape our society and is useful in a broad range of careers, even those that are not traditionally mathematical, scientific or technological in nature. By offering these competitions the Mathematical Association of America aims to challenge and inspire students to become lifelong learners of mathematics.”
The competition aims to challenge each student with mathematics that is new, different, and “outside the box.” Competition problems are more difficult than those encountered routinely in math courses, but they are designed to connect to middle school mathematics standards to ensure they are within the reach of students. The measure of success of the competition is not the number of problems solved, but is the level of engagement with mathematics that arises from the intellectual challenge of the problem-solving process.
Congratulations to Devin and Michael!