In November, students in grades six, seventh, and eighth participated in the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8, an annual test of mathematical problem solving organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The AMC 8 is a difficult multiple choice test designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills and analytical thinking. Duke School was pleased to be able to offer the AMC 8 test for BDL students as well as on-campus students even in this unusual year.
This is the third consecutive year that Duke School students have been offered the opportunity to participate in the AMC 8. Each year Duke School and the MAA recognize the achievement of the top scorers on this very difficult challenge. This year, seventh grader Gwen Satterfield finished with the top overall score out of all participating students. Sixth graders Oliver Ambrusfield and George Etherington tied for second place overall while also earning national Achievement Roll honors for a score of 15/25 or higher by students in sixth grade or below.
For all Duke School middle school mathematicians, there is more AMC on the horizon—rising six–eighth graders can anticipate next year’s AMC 8 test, while graduating eighth graders have the increasingly challenging AMC 10 and AMC 12 to look forward to in their high school years.