Last month, MUS Lower School math students took the national Math League Press Contest for 7th and 8th grade students. The contest consists of 40 multiple-choice questions given in a 30-minute time period, and a school's score for each grade level is the sum of their five highest scorers in that grade.
Math League Press places MUS in a competitive region with over 1000 schools in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho,
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina,
North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia,
Out of those 1000+ schools competing, MUS finished second in the 8th Grade division with a score of 190 points of a possible 200. According to the website, these results are still unofficial, but they are posted publicly; if there are revisions, I'll let you know. Individually, Daniel Garrett answered 39 of 40 test questions correctly; Mason Soun, J.P. Wheeler, and Bryan Zhang answered 38 correctly.
In the entire country with 3,000+ schools taking the test, MUS' score of 190 placed us in a tie for 57th place.
In case you're interested in how MUS stacks up with the 8th grade students of some nationally known schools, here are some scores from a sample of those schools.
192 Horace Mann School (NY)
192 University of Chicago Lab School (IL)
191 Roxbury Latin (MA)
191 St. Mark's School (TX)
190 Memphis University School (TN)
189 Buckingham Browne & Nichols (MA)
189 Westminster JHS (GA)
188 Sidwell Friends School (DC)
187 Princeton Day School (NJ)
185 Harvard-Westlake School (CA)
180 Pingry School (NJ)
Our 7th grade students finished 8th in our region of over 1,000 schools and tied for 139th nationally.
Eli Goldstein and Mark Sorensen both scored 34 of 40 possible points.
Congratulations to all the MUS boys who participated in the contest.
Note: the Wikipedia links for these schools makes for fun reading. I never knew that St. Mark's in Dallas was originally going to be called St. Stephen's, but the founders thought that the lamb was not a strong enough mascot, so they opted for St. Mark in order to get a lion as a mascot.