National Win

The Carmel Valley Middle School (CVMS) Math League placed first in the middle school category at the Fall Start Up Event, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing (NA&T). The contest serves as a fast-paced test of students’ familiarity with basic math skills, in which they individually solve as many of the 100 problems as they can within a 30-minute time limit, covering a variety of mathematical topics. “It’s a lot like a musician practicing scales,” said NA&T Director of Academic Competitions Tom Clymer. “These common operations and problems can become second nature and nearly instantaneous.”

Several CVMS students received individual awards at the competition, helping their team place first in the nation. Jacopo Rizzo placed third, Archit Chaturvedi placed fifth, Edison Shen placed 10th, Elliott Liu placed 11th, Katherine Zhao placed 15th, Teddy Xu placed 18th, Erica Wang placed 19th, Amy Feng placed 20th, and Amogh Chaturvedi placed 21st. “My students and I would like to express our heartfelt thank you to former coach Mr. David Vaughn and the Art of Problem Solving’s Mr. Richard Rusczyk and team for their support and dedication to the math league,” said CVMS Math League Coach Snow Lee.

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