Cumberland University


Scholarships for Math Contest


Seventy-eight students from Middle Tennessee area high schools participated in the 65th annual American Mathematics Contest hosted by the Cumberland University Mathematics Department. The contest was held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. 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 through problem solving in a timed multiple-choice format. The contest is divided into two categories: the AMC 10 for students under 17.5 years of age who are not entering 11th 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

Students from three Middle Tennessee high schools, including Mt. Juliet High School, Watertown High School, and Davidson Academy, as well as several home-schooled students, participated in the contest hosted at Cumberland University for 2014. The top three scorers on the AMC 10 at Cumberland were awarded $500 scholarships. The third place slot was earned by Lauren Dutch from Mt. Juliet High School, with Jeffrey Zhang from Davidson Academy taking second place, and first prize going to Richard Yang, also from Davidson Academy. Cumberland also awarded $1000 scholarships to the top three scorers on the AMC 12 for 2014. Joshua Petrin, a home-schooled student, took third place while Nicholas Tomlin, also a home-schooled student, earned the second highest score. Alexander Cieler from Mt. Juliet High School earned the highest score on the AMC 12 this year.

In addition to the testing, students were treated to a presentation entitled Counting 101 by Dr. Chris Fuller of the Cumberland University Mathematics Department. Each participant in the contest received a goody bag, and door prizes were also given out.

Details concerning the 2014 AMC 10/12 contests, as well as the rest of the AMC programs, are available on the AMC website: For further information regarding the contests, please 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, Associate Professor and Program Director for Mathematics, in the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business at Cumberland University.