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Regional Middle and High School students compete in American Mathematics Contest



Eighty-two (82) students from Middle Tennessee area middle and high schools participated in the 64th annual American Mathematics Contest hosted by the Cumberland University Mathematics Department and the Abelian Group (Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America).  The contest was held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  The students competed for Cumberland University Scholarships as well as other national awards.  The purpose of the contest, which covers high school mathematics, is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition as problems are solved in a timed format. The contest is divided into two categories:  the AMC 10, which is for students under 17.5 years of age who are not entering 11th or 12th grades, and the AMC 12, which is open to any high school student under the age of 19.5 years.

The AMC 10 and the AMC 12 are part of a series of contests sponsored each year by the Mathematical Association of America through their program, the American Mathematics Competitions.  The AMC offers the only math competition series in the country leading to the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP).  From this group of students, the AMC sends the highly competitive USA Team to the prestigious annual International Mathematical Olympiad.  The AMC program includes:


American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8)    Grades 6-8     November

American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10)    Grades 10 & below    February

American Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12)     Grades 12 & below     February

American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME)    All who qualify     March-April

USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO)    All who qualify     late April

Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP)    Qualify thru USAMO    June

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)     Top 6 from USAMO/MOSP    July


For this year’s contest, students from Ironwood Academy, Lebanon High School, Mt. Juliet High School, Sunset Middle School, and Watertown High School participated at Cumberland University.  The top four scorers on the AMC 10 at Cumberland were awarded $500 scholarships.  Tied for third place were Cole Ellis from Mt. Juliet High School and Paul Tribble from Lebanon High School, with Jerry Lu from Sunset Middle School taking second place, and first prize going to Joshua Petrin from Ironwood Academy and Homeschool.  Cumberland also awarded $1000 scholarships to the top three scorers on the AMC 12 for 2013.  Ryan Downs and Chase Buscherfeld tied for second place, and Eric Whitmire earned the highest score at Cumberland on the AMC 12 this year.  All three AMC 12 winners are from Mt. Juliet High School.

In addition to the testing, students were treated to a campus tour as well as a lecture about past and present number systems offered by Dr. Chris Fuller of the Cumberland University Mathematics Department.  Each participant in the contest received a goody bag as well as a Certificate of Participation.  Door prizes from the Cumberland University bookstore were also provided to several of the participants.

Details concerning the 2013 AMC 10/12 contests, as well as the rest of the AMC programs, are available on the AMC website:  For further information, contact the AMC directly by phone (800.527.3690) or via email (  For information regarding the host site (Cumberland University), please call (615.547.1278) or email ( Dr. Laurie P. Dishman, Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of Mathematics.