Students Earn Top Spots in American Math Competition

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A group of 10 students from Rye Neck High School recently participated in the challenging American Mathematics Competition. They answered a series of questions that were designed to evaluate their problem-solving and analytical skills and mathematical knowledge. 

Alessandro Orjuela earned first place, Mako Ikeda earned second place and Sean Diamond earned third place for AMC 12, while Heonseung Lee earned first place for AMC 10. 

“The AMC 10 covers math material up to 10th grade material, algebra, geometry and some trigonometry, and the AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum, including trigonometry, advanced algebra and advanced geometry,” said Veronica Faraci, a math teacher and department chairperson. 

In addition, as a result of his outstanding performance, Orjuela qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. The AIME is a 15-question, 3-hour exam without the use of a calculator that will be administered on March 11.

“This is an amazing accomplishment as it is extremely difficult to qualify for,” said Faraci, adding that a student had to place first in their school and exceed a score of 87 points. 

The students who participated in the American Mathematics Competition are members of the high school’s National Math Honor Society. Faraci described them as self-motivated learners with a passion for mathematics and a desire to take on the challenge.