Kelly, Wang take exclusive AIME test

Students work on problems in an Archimedes Association
meeting, earlier this year – Pierce Laveran ’24

If you are a middle or high school student who enjoys math and problem-solving, then the AMC Math tests may be for you. These exams give you a chance to show your knowledge and provide a challenge that might result in rewards and recognition. 

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is a highly prestigious and competitive math event for high school students in the United States. The competition is open to all high school students, regardless of their level of mathematical experience. The competition is also offered internationally, attracting students from around the world.

Scoring well on the AMC 10 or AMC 12 can earn competitors an invitation to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), a three-hour test. This year, two students, Third Former Jonathan Wang and Sixth Former Colin Kelly, qualified for the AIME. 

The AMC provides an opportunity for high school students to challenge themselves and showcase their skills in mathematics. For seasoned math students or those just starting to explore the subject, the AMC allows students to stretch abilities and gain recognition for achievements in the field. 

“I find it really exciting to see a problem that I don’t know, work through it and use all my knowledge to find a solution,” Kelly said. “It gives a great feeling of accomplishment.”

“I find it really exciting to see a problem that I don’t know, work through it and use all my knowledge to find a solution.”

Colin Kelly ’23

For students taking the 2012 AMC 10 (for students up to Fourth Form) the top 2.5% of all scorers or scorers with at least 120 points (whichever is more inclusive), continue to the AIME. For students taking the 2012 AMC 12 (for students up to Sixth Form), the top 5% of all scorers or scorers with at least 100 points continue to the AIME. Qualifying also comes with a feeling of accomplishment. “This year, when I finally did qualify, it was like a rush of relief and also just pride,” Kelly said.

In addition to the competition, the AMC also offers a variety of resources and programs designed to encourage students to pursue their interests in mathematics. These include online study materials, workshops, and mentorship programs.

Mr. Jeremy Fus, a math teacher and advisor of the Archimedes Association (Math Club) said, “Practice! Frequent, intentional practice really helps students. Finding a community, whether that is the Archimedes Association, an outside group, or an online forum, is usually more fun and helpful!”

Both Wang and Kelly are excited about the competition and are glad that their hard work paid off. 

The AIME took place this past Tuesday, February 7. 

Kelly said, “Personally, for the AIME, I want to just go and enjoy it.”