Rye Neck High School geometry students participated in the American Math Competition on Feb. 7. They answered a series of multiple-choice questions in the national test, which were designed to evaluate their problem-solving and analytical skills during an enriching math experience.

“It’s a great opportunity for high school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematical skills that can assist in future careers by applying classroom-learned skills to unique problem-solving challenges,” math teacher David Grazioli said.

The 25-question, 75-minute exam tested the students’ knowledge of algebra and geometry, including the Pythagorean Theorem, area and volume formulas, number theory and probability.

“I like to encourage the students to push themselves beyond their comfort zone when it comes to their mathematics experiences,” Grazioli said. “You never know when something might pique their interest or when one student will finally get the ability to shine.”

The American Math Competition is the first in a series of competitions. If students perform well enough, they’re invited to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.