Friday, March 13, 2009
Matthew Babbitt wrote a perfect paper with a score of 150 on the 2009 AMC10B Contest. He was also the "school winner" for Albany Area Math Circle's administraton of the even more challenging AMC12A contest with a 133.5 on that exam.
Matthew is a 13-year-old eighth grade homeschooler from Fort Edward New York, but he has already spent many hours "paying it forward" by generously sharing his gifts as he mentors younger and less experienced students each week. He works as a student coach with students from a number of Capital District middle schools in our middle school math circles, as well as coaching the homeschool MATHCOUNTS team and individually mentoring a very promising younger student.
Matthew is an outstanding example of the principle that sharing your mathematical understanding is a wonderful thing: the more you explain to others, the more you deepen your own understanding.
Best of luck to Matthew and all of the Albany Area Math Circle students taking the American Invitational Math Exam (AIME) next Tuesday.