Berkeley Students Among Nation's Best

Caleb Song, Anna Zhang, and Jacob Chew, all eighth graders at Berkeley Middle, earned national recognition for their performance in the American Mathematics Contest 8 (or AMC 8). Sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America in Washington, D.C., the AMC 8 is a 25-question mathematics test focusing on probability, spatial visualization, geometry, and the application of mathematics to solving everyday problems. The test must be completed in forty minutes, and the questions become progressively more difficult. In this way, the AMC 8 evaluates analytical thinking and problem solving skills for high achieving middle schoolers. Among this already competitive group of students, Song scored in the top five percent of the nation. Chew also scored in the top five percent and earned a place on the AMC Honor Roll, while Zhang scored in the top one percent and earned a place on the AMC Distinguished Honor Roll.

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