More than fifty middle school mathletes and their parents gathered together for a celebration of mathematics on Jan. 31.

Last November, JerseySTEM hosted the AMC8 (American Mathematics Competition) test for middle school students from Chatham and neighboring towns. This was the first year that Chatham students have been able to take the AMC8 test locally.

MAA (Mathematical Association of America), the organizer of AMC8, awarded first, second and third prizes to the top scorers of the JerseySTEM Chapter. The first prize was shared by Gyan Ghoda and Abhay Hosangady of New Providence and Michael Vintzel of Chatham.The second prize was awarded to Kedhar Narayan of New Providence. The third prize was shared by Stephen Andrews and Aryaan Jena of Chatham.

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In addition to the AMC8 prizes, the math celebration also recognized the top performers at Sophie’s Math Corner (SMC), sophiescorner.jerseystem.net. SMC is a webpage for math competition practice initiated by Sophie Andrews, a freshman at Chatham High School.

Some mathletes have been honing their problem solving skills at SMC since last September. Among the six prize winners of the JerseySTEM Chapter, four are regulars of SMC.  Sophie said that she was proud to have helped out and feels motivated to continue with her efforts.

The celebration ended with a lighthearted math competition between a student team and a parent team. After a tight race over 20 problems, the students eked out a narrow win by a score of 10-9.

Nabil Mouline, President of  JerseySTEM, encourages parents to be involved with JerseySTEM by volunteering their time and talents to the organization so that more STEM activities can be offered to local students.