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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Students Ace National Math Exam

Success adds up for 12 eighth-grade students from Alfred G. Berner Middle School. They achieved the highest marks on the 2013 American Mathematics Contest 8 exam out of 243 students tested in their grade.

Their marks ranged from 13 to 16 out of a possible 25; the national average is a score of 10. Deborah Lobaccaro received a 16, the highest score, followed by James Kiernan, Ryann Regan, Jake Bresnihan, and Kayla Collins who all scored a 14. Seven more students scored a 13, including Victoria Bal, Kevin Voigt, Talia Nieto, Connor Curley, Michael Venezia, Matthew Schector and Kaitlin McWilliams.

“We are extremely proud of the mathematical abilities of these students,” said Principal Jason Esposito. “Their scores are a testament to the quality of the math program and staff we have here at Berner.”

The exam, one of many sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, is nationally recognized as a highly respected school-based competition. It consists of 25 multiple-choice questions on middle school mathematics. Questions are developed through the collaboration of teachers, mathematicians and professional organizations to provide challenging math problems that align with curriculum standards. According to the MMA, many colleges and universities request scores from these contests at the higher grade levels and use them for recruiting and admissions.

Each high-scoring student will receive a certificate as well as a pin of recognition from the MMA for their achievement.