February is Math Contest Month in the Prep School

By Nathan Dummitt, Prep School math department chair


February is math contest month at CGPS! In addition to sending a team of four 8th grade students to MATHCOUNTS on February 2, the Prep School math department also hosted the 2019 American Mathematics Competition (AMC) on February 7.  


MATHCOUNTS is an annual competition that consists of a written round in the morning and an exciting game show-style oral round in the afternoon. On February 7, the Prep School had exactly 100 students solving some of the hardest and most beautiful problems written for American high school students every year. Students who do well on the AMC are invited to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) on March 13.


Also on February 7th, Brady P. ’23, Ben K. ’22, Dylan V. ’23, and Julien M. ’23 represented the Division 1 CGPS MATHCOUNTS club at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, and Ben and Dylan received the highest scores for the team.


All 8th graders are invited to join the club, which meets every Day 1 to learn new skills for solving hard problems. In the words of the competition's website, "Some students love math. Other students fear math. MATHCOUNTS is the place for both!"


About AMC: The AMC is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and strives to strengthen the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers and foster a love of mathematics. Through solving problems, students develop the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society. The exam is a 25-problem, 75-minute split into two levels (one for 9-10th graders and one for 11-12th graders).


The math department would like to thank all of the students that took time out of their school day to challenge themselves with some difficult problems. The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics!