Middle School students score high in math

Two Middle School students placed in the top 5% in the country in the American Mathematics Contest (AMC 8). Yongyue Li ’26 and Njuguna Ngugi ’26 are 2022 Honor Roll recipients.  

“Being in the top 5% in the country in a school as small as Landon is pretty amazing. We’re really proud of these boys,” Middle School Math Teacher Jamie Matthews ’04 said.  

The AMC 8 is designed to develop problem-solving skills for Middle School students. The contest provides an opportunity for them to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers.  

“With COVID-19 the last couple of years, we haven’t had a lot of math competitions. ...Typically, in the Middle School, we have math competitions against some of the other IAC schools, so this is this is one of the first chances they’ve really had to do a national competition and see where they stand with people here and against people in California,” Matthews added. 

Matthews explained the results are made even more impressive by the fact that he doesn’t directly prepare his students for the AMC 8 in the same way a lot of schools do.  

“With this test, if you’re looking at the top students in the country, a lot of them prepare for this and we typically don’t. We have our own curriculum. We have our standards of what our students can do so these boys just really used their raw talent and math skills,” Matthews said. “How Landon prepares them in the curriculum we have for the school is what gets them ready for the test.” 

The topics covered during the competition include counting and probability, proportional reasoning, and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. It is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination. 

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