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Faribanks math team best in state

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a no-stress math test.

Just ask North Pole High School senior Todd Krieg, one of three members of the school's team that was recently named the best high school mathematics team in the state. He and his teammates Treg McLaughlin and Kori Smith earned the highest score in the state on the American Mathematics Competitions exam, which was administered in February.

''(With) normal math tests, your grade depends on it,'' Krieg said. ''Or like (with) the SATs, you get a high score, you are going to get into better colleges. This is just a no-pressure kind of thing, it is just fun.''

Not that it was easy. Students had 75 minutes to answer 25 questions.

More than 800 students from 25 schools in Alaska took the exams in February. Nationwide, about 450,000 students took the tests.

The AMC exams are the first in a series of three national exams that are pre-qualifiers for the International Mathematics Olympiad. The top 2 percent of scorers nationwide are invited to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam. Krieg, Smith and Lathrop High School senior Thomas Hewitt were among 14 students statewide to qualify for the international math exam.



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