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College to host national math contest

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[caption id="attachment_844" align="alignright" width="76" caption="Rich Wilders"][/caption] For the first time, North Central College will be a host testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 8, or AMC 8, on Nov. 17 for students in grades 8 and below. Some 17 junior high school-aged students will participate—“an outstanding showing,” says event coordinator and recruiter Richard Wilders, Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, professor of mathematics and chair for the Division of Science. North Central has been, and will be again in 2010, a host site for the AMC 10 and AMC 12 for high school students. Top scorers in these free contests qualify to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination with the possibility of qualifying to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad. The Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions organizes national contests like the AMC 8 competition on Nov. 17 in order to recognize and reward student excellence in mathematics.