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Press release by Culpeper County Public Schools:

Andrew Simpson, a seventh grade student at Floyd T. Binns Middle School, was named the overall winner of the Virginia Military Academy’s 2014 American Math Competition 8 (AMC 8) that took place on November 18, 2014. Along with winning the Gold, Andrew won national distinction by scoring in the top one percent with a score of 23, which secured him an invitation to compete in the 10th grade competition (AMC 10) in February. Over 700 students participated in the competition, and the average score was 9.56. Andrew was part of a district middle school team of fifteen students led by Mrs. Rhonda Bolum, Gifted Specialist at both county middle schools.

Silver and Bronze winners were also named, with representation at both middle schools. At Culpeper Middle School, Grant Hibbert earned a Silver place and Cienna Lindsay merited a Bronze. At Floyd T. Binns Middle School, Matthew Baker secured a Silver and Abigail Stern earned a Bronze.

Also competing were David Arthur, Allene Carlton, Cameron Easter, Madison Kauffmann, and Noah Staton from Culpeper Middle; and Rania Babar, Cheyenne Barlow, Sofia Kimble, Matthew Larosa, and Carl McAninch from Floyd T. Binns.

The AMC 8 is a 25-question multiple choice test in middle school mathematics that challenges students to solve rigorous problems. The Mathematical Association of America explains that the test illustrates to students the variety of math topics in the math curriculum. It helps students understand the importance of problem-solving and fosters enthusiasm and interest in the study of mathematics.