Summit CDS junior is Ohio's top mathlete

Summit student is Ohio's top mathlete

Junior Junbo “Tom” Li, Mason, scored in the top five percent nationally on the American Math Competition (AMC) 12 exam, qualifying him to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) on March 13.

Summit Country Day School junior Junbo “Tom” Li, Mason, had the top score in Ohio and that score placed him in the top 12 percent nationally on the American Math Competition (AMC) 12 exam.  

The American Math Competition 12 exam is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and is given to qualifying students in grades 11 and 12. It covers trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry. Students are given 25 multiple choice questions to answer in 75 minutes.    

Tom’s score of 144 is an historically high statistic among Ohio math competitors. “I checked through the last nine years and couldn’t find a score higher in Ohio,” said Eric Unwin, Summit Upper School math teacher and moderator of the Math Club. “I checked through the last nine years and couldn’t find a score higher in Ohio.” His score qualified him to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) on March 13.  

Altogether, 38 students took the qualifying tests. Among them, 19 students took the AMC 10 and 19 took the 12 exams.  

Sophomore Yunbo “Bonnie” Wang, Blue Ash, and senior Neng “Ben” Chai, Hyde Park were the other top scorers from The Summit on the AMC 12 exam.   

Among the students who took the AMC 10 exam, which covers the high school curriculum up to grade 10, The Summit’s top scorers were freshman Parker Bricking, Sharonville; Wanli “Vennis” Yang, Maineville, and sophomore Chenhao “Jason” Zhan, North Avondale.    

The AIME provides an even greater challenge as the questions get tougher and gives more recognition to the top math students in the country who qualify to take the test. Only students whose tests put them in the top five percent nationally get to take the AIME. The top scoring students in the U.S. and Canada on the AIME test are invited to the even more selective United States American Mathematical Olympiad. Scores on the AIME are released later in the year.