US and MS math students excel in national math contests
Seven RE students – the most in school history – each posted top scores nationally on the annual American Mathematics Competition examinations for 10th or 12th graders and advanced to the next stage of the major scholastic math competition. Six upper schoolers and one middle schooler – Victoria Paraoulaki de Miranda '24, Maya Shaked '24, Minnie Zhou '24, Andrew Gedde '25, Solon Sun '25, Gabriel Karsenti '26 and Joshie Khohayting '28 – qualified to take the Feb. 7 American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).
The record number of qualifiers was a source of tremendous pride for RE's upper school math team coach Karen Key and middle school coach Jessica Merrick. "This is the first time we have had this many qualifiers, and a true testament to our department's amazing work to ensure we are creating flexible, creative, thoughtful mathematicians," Key said.
If the students perform well on the AIME, they may advance to the next stage of the competition, the USA Mathematical Olympiad. To qualify for the AIME, the students who took the AMC 12 had to finish in the top five percent of test takers or achieve a score of 100 or more out of a possible 150. Those who took the AMC 10 had to finish in the top 2.5 percent or score 120 or more out of a possible 150. More than 300,000 students take the AMC tests, and many of them are serious math students.
In other math news, Ella Wang '27, Sienna Bautista '27 and Sylvie Malvezzi '27 competed in an all-girls math competition (2022 Winter InteGIRLS Math Competition) in December; they won the relay team competition and Wang was RE's top finisher. They entered under the direction of Merrick.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.