Eighth-grader LaMaster in top 1 percent nationally on AMC8

Kevin LaMaster
Local middle school students took top awards at the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 at the University of Saint Francis in November. From left are Chris Howard, Woodside Middle School, seventh grade; Kevin LaMaster, St. Jude Catholic School, eighth grade, top score and top 1 percent nationally; Krystka Bugajski, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, sixth grade; Kolin Davis, eighth grade, Woodside Middle School; and George Sun, eighth grade, Woodside Middle School.

Jan. 21, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Kevin LaMaster, an eighth-grader at Saint Jude Catholic School in Fort Wayne, scored in the top 1 percent in the nation for students taking the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 for middle school students at the University of Saint Francis Nov. 13.

LaMaster’s score advanced to the next level, to compare with those of middle school students nationally. George Sun and Kolin Davis, eighth-graders at Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne, scored in the top 5 percent of middle school students taking the test nationally. The trio also earned the top three scores of the 53 participants at the AMC 8 hosted at USF.

Kevin LaMaster
Saint Jude Catholic School eighth-grader Kevin LaMaster, center, scored in the top 1 percent nationally in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 at the University of Saint Francis. With LaMaster are AMC 8 coordinators Dr. Victor Kutsenok, USF mathematics professor, left, and Dr. Matt Smith, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Chris Howard, a Woodside seventh-grader, achieved the top seventh-grade award and sixth-grader Krystka Bugajski of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School earned the top score for grades five and six. The students received awards for their scores in a ceremony Jan. 17 in Gunderson Auditorium, Achatz Hall of Science.

LaMaster earned a Distinguished Honor Roll Certificate, gold Certificate for Outstanding Achievement and an AMC 8 winner pin. Sun and Davis received AMC 8 Honor Roll Certificates and silver and bronze Certificates for Outstanding Achievement, respectively. Howard and Bugajski received gold Certificates for Outstanding Achievement.

“We received a lot of positive feedback from the parents and students for offering this first-time event,” said School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Matt Smith. “The students thought the exam was challenging, but rewarding. Parents were grateful to USF for sponsoring an event that recognized the importance of math.”

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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