Middle schoolers at Carmel Valley Middle School have proven that they are some extremely talented mathematicians. The school’s students finished in first place in the 2014 Fall Startup Event, a national mathematics contest conducted by National Assessment & Testing that tests students’ familiarity with basic math team skills. Many Carmel Valley Middle School students were also awarded individual awards, which greatly contributed to the overall placing. These students were, in order of placement, Tristan Shin, Andy Zhu, Ananth Rao, Adam Zheng, Emily Zhang and Jerry Huang. By the end of the year, the middle school will have participated in all four National Assessment & Testing contests. They enter the Ciphering Time Trials on Dec. 11.