Ten students were honored for their performance, including two who received honor roll certificates and distinction. They include:
- Steven Z. '22: Gold and Honor Roll of Distinction – Top 1 percent nationally
- Kevin Z. '23: Silver and Honor Roll Certificate – Top 5 percent nationally
- Roy A. '22: Bronze
- Eileen K. '22: Bronze
- Robbie H. '22: Bronze
- Lisa S. '23
- Jerry D. '23
- Amber D. '22
- Aiden S. '22
- Clement W. '22
“Each year our math department looks to get as many students involved in computing math outside the classroom. This year's group of students has continued to show the enthusiasm and understanding of math our students exemplify,” Director of Academics Lisa Hart said. “It is nice to be recognized on the School Merit Roll. This recognizes that our school stands out amongst all the schools that participated.”
For Steven Z., the opportunity to compete in the 36th Annual AMC 8 was special because he will not have the opportunity to participate after graduating from Rectory and continuing to secondary school.
“The most exciting part of the competition is trying to figure out the harder problems. It is like solving a puzzle, when you finally complete it, you just feel so good,” he said, adding that he wasn’t entirely surprised with his success because he knew he did well in the competition as soon as he answered the final question.
“I feel proud of myself, for I did better than last year,” Steven said.
Kevin Z. said the most nerve-wracking yet exciting part of the competition was waiting for it to begin; the event started a few minutes later than scheduled creating somewhat of a dramatic lead up to the start.
On his desire to compete, Kevin said that, for him, math is a subject he likes best because it always leads to a solution.
“It’s simple. It has a definite answer,” he said.
In a typical year, more than half the Rectory middle school student population participates in one of the many extra math programs, be it Math Problem of the Week, American Mathematics Competitions 8 or 10, or pre-Covid, with Math Olympiad or the off-campus math competitions with the Rectory Math Team.
The AMC 8 is a 25-question, unique problem-solving exam administered in a supportive, low-stress environment that challenges middle school students and encourages them to take the lessons learned within their classrooms and from the competition to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics.
According to the AMC website, possible topics include: counting and probability, estimation, proportional reasoning, elementary geometry including the Pythagorean Theorem, spatial visualization, everyday applications, and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. In addition, some of the later questions may involve linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry, and other topics traditionally covered in a beginning algebra course.
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