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North Central College hosts AMC 8 math contest

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Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.
Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.

Oct. 3, 2011—North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8) for students in grades 8 and below. Students who are either home-schooled or enrolled in area junior high schools are invited to participate. The contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the College’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave., Naperville.

Registration is now open and will close Oct. 30. Contact North Central College Professor of Mathematics Richard Wilders at 630-637-5234 or by email at to request a registration form. There is no fee to participate in the AMC 8.

The Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions organizes national contests like the AMC 8 competition on Nov. 15 in order to recognize and reward student excellence in mathematics. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics that is designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

Students who achieve high scores on this test will be invited to participate in the AMC 10 exam for students in grades 10 and below. In addition, all high school students are invited to compete in the AMC 12. North Central College will host both the AMC 10 and AMC 12 contests at its campus on Feb. 22, 2012. Top scorers in these contests qualify to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination with the possibility of qualifying to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad. North Central College will host these exams for all students who qualify from its site.

“The AMC contest is the premier contest for students in this age group,” says Wilders, who is also North Central’s Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts Sciences, chair of the science division and director of the Lederman Scholars and Community Scholars programs. “Youth who have a knack for and an interest in mathematics really enjoy these types of competitions. Our campus is centrally located to many students in the western suburbs.”

For more information about the American Mathematics Competitions visit For more information about North Central College’s mathematics program visit  

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.