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Students Participate In American Math Competition

By Staff | Apr 3, 2019

Photo Provided Pictured, front row, are Morgan Aliff, Olivia Mensore; pictured, second row, are Abby Baker, Kayna Anderson, Zoey Jenkins, Emerson Barcus, Joy Lin; pictured, third row, are Mrs. Hinerman, Kaitlyn McIlvanin, Paige Brill, Ashley Kelly, Lily Spratt, Kara Lynch, Karina Patel; pictured, fourth row, are Gabe Leichliter, Josh Rice (First Place), Spencer Bills, Eli Nice, Matthew Gaiser, Sebastian Stickler, Drake Kocher, Mrs. Schmalz, Principal, Andrew Heil; pictured, fifth row, are Zack Slie, Camerson Stillwagoner, Caleb Schilling, Patrick Mirandy, Jake Gamble, Jared Kocher (Third Place), Nick Beaven; pictured, sixth row, are Spencer McCardle (Second Place) Trey Blain.

Thirty students from Magnolia High School recently participated in the 70th Annual American Mathematics Competition (AMC). The contest was held Thursday, February 7 at Magnolia High School. The test is sponsored nationally by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Math and locally by the Magnolia Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honorary. The AMC is an intense 75-minute, 25 question multiple-choice, non-calculator active exam that recognizes and challenges the best mathematics students in the United States. There is no formal study preparation. Test-takers rely only on the skills and knowledge learned from their high school math classes.

The top three scorers comprise the representative team from Magnolia High School. This year’s top scorers were Josh Rice, first place; Spencer McCardle, second place; and third place, Jared Kocher. Rice was also Magnolia High School’s 2018 AMC first place winner. He is a junior enrolled in PreCalculus and AP Calculus. Last month he was first place winner at 2019 Wetzel County Math Field Day.

McCardle is a junior in PreCalculus and Honors Trigonometry. He placed sixth at 2019 Wetzel County Math Field Day. Both young men will attend Regional Math Field Day in April.

Kocher is a senior enrolled in College Algebra and College Statistics and will attend WVU next fall.

All three students are members of the Magnolia Mu Alpha Math Honorary. The math department at Magnolia would like to commend all participants for accepting the challenge of this exam and extending their interest in mathematics.

The American Mathematics Competition exam manager at Magnolia High School is Sandy Hinerman.