Three Oak Park and River Forest High School students qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination

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Three out of 250 OPRF students who participated in the American Mathematics Competition, the longest running, most prestigious U.S. math contest for students, have qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). The AIME is a three-hour, 15-question test for those students who were in the top 5% or scored higher than 100 points. This is the second test on the path to take the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad. Congratulations to:

  • Phillip Harris
  • Jackson Kishbaugh-Maish
  • Jonah Philion

It is also noteworthy that the following four younger students, who took the AMC 10, scored high enough to reach distinction:

  • Noah Banholzer
  • Tyan Borgdorff
  • Arjun Rawal
  • Ethan Mertz

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Kay from River Forest  

Posted: March 5th, 2014 12:04 PM

It appears that all three students are not from Dist 90. There is a talented pool of students from both OP and RF. Everyday Math was also previously used at Dist 90.

Another math mom  

Posted: March 5th, 2014 11:57 AM

I would be interested to know how many (if any) of these students attended D97 schools. My understanding is that D97 (and the discredited, hopefully dead Everyday Math curriculum) is woefully underpreparing students for advanced math, compared to River Forest schools.

Evan from Oak park  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 9:46 PM

There are math tutors for everyone


Posted: March 3rd, 2014 6:13 PM

Sorry, prior comment was in response to "wondering"


Posted: March 3rd, 2014 6:11 PM

I badly wanted my talented in math daughter to join the OPRF math team. She just has too much going on already and cannot fit it in. OPRF has many great programs and the kids have to pick their clubs. This is not discriminatory.

Math mom from Oak Park  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 4:25 PM

OP is following a bigger pattern. My middle schooler competes in local math competitions attended by hundreds of students from around the Chicago area. There are very few girls at these events. In addition, it is overwhelmingly apparent that some ethnic groups are heavily involved in math while there is scant participation by others.


Posted: March 3rd, 2014 3:44 PM

Good for the guys. Now, what happened to the girls? Is there a math tutor to make sure the girls do equally well on these exams--or is the test biased?

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