Leesville students participated in the 61st annual American Mathematics Contest (AMC), test B, on Wednesday, February 24, 2010.
Students either participated in the AMC 10 or the AMC 12 contest, depending on their level of math. Algebra II or lower students took the AMC 10 test and Pre-Calculus and higher students took the AMC 12 test.
Duane Barksdale, a freshman who took Honors Geometry in the past semester, participated in the AMC 10.
“It was easy at first, but then it got harder at the end. I’ll probably take it again to challenge myself.”
Other students had different opinions of the test. Daniel Cheng, senior, took the AMC 12 exam.
“It was really, really easy. This was really fun. I didn’t know some of the vocabulary, though, like cyclic quadrilaterals and palindromes.”
The Mathematical Association of America, who writes these tests every year, designs the tests to test talented students around the world. Approximately 5% of the nation’s students taking the exam qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), the next round in the contest series.
Last year, no student from Leesville qualified for the AIME.
“This is my last chance to qualify for the AIME,” said Cheng. “Hopefully I did better than I did last year so that I can feel good about myself.”
The AIME will be administered on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.