YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown High School freshmen Eric Lu and Kenny Zhang have received Certificates of Distinction for their performance on the American Mathematics Contest.

The distinction qualifies them to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) in April. The competitions are organized by the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematics Association and involve students from around the country.

“These are difficult tests and having two students qualify is quite an accomplishment. We are proud of them—and to boot they are both ninth graders,” said Yorktown High School assistant principal John Gollisz, who supervises the school’s math programs.

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The first Mathematical Contest was given in 1950 and sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Section of the MAA. It has since evolved and each year more than 350,000 students from roughly 6,000 schools participate in the MAA-AMC contests.  Of these, 10,000 students qualify to participate in the AIME held in April.

Information in this article was provided by the Yorktown Central School District.