Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by Plainfield School District:
About 560 Drauden Point Middle School students challenged themselves mathematically by participating in the annual American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC 8) contest.
The sixth, seventh and eighth grade students took part in the contest in November 2012 during their regularly scheduled math classes.
Drauden Point students have been participating in this contest for at least the past six years.
The top finishing students earn certificates of recognition, but the real rewards come from challenging each student in a way that is different from usual classroom routine, said Drauden Point eighth-grade math teacher Jennifer Wedic.
“Drauden Point participates in contests like this to challenge and inspire students to want to learn more mathematics.” Wedic said.
The AMC 8 test consists of 25 multiple choice math questions that become increasingly difficult. Each problem makes the students think in a way that is different from their usual classroom routines.
First, second, and third place certificates were awarded to students in each participating math class.
Three eighth grade students rose to the challenge to sweep the top three places at Drauden Point.
Eighth grader Brenden Beranek took first place. Eighth graders Alex Hurtado and Brandon Traband took second and third places, respectively.
More than 150,000 students worldwide annually participate in the AMC 8 contest.