Albemarle County Public Schools
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – The best high school mathematicians in the state are found at Albemarle High School, according to a statewide competition sponsored by the Virginia Mathematics League. Over 1 million students participate in math leagues across the country, including 77 high school teams from Virginia this year, and the Albemarle High School team placed first.
Albemarle students outperformed teams from McLean High School in Northern Virginia, Woodberry Forest, and Maggie L. Walker, a Governor's School in Richmond. Locally, the highest score after Albemarle High School was earned by St. Anne's-Belfield students.
Ryan Lake, an Albemarle High School senior, was one of six students statewide who received a perfect score on the monthly tests (he did that three times), and he finished second overall. Five other Albemarle students, including Wesley Daugherty, Jeannie Kim, Sims Gautam, Quinn Legallo-Malone and Laura Ungar, also placed among the top 40 students in Virginia.
Mr. Lake is the only student in Virginia who has received a Mu Alpha Theta scholarship. Mu Alpha Theta is a national organization for students who are members of the Math Honor Society in their school.
The competition challenges the mathematical reasoning and analysis skills of students through a series of monthly exams beginning in September of each year. Test results are accumulated over a six-month period to yield a final team score.
"We are extremely proud of the 20 students in our Math Club, all of whom set high personal goals and work very hard, raising our team average. We competed against an impressive roster of outstanding programs from around the state. This is quite an honor for every member of our team," said Jeff Prillaman, Director of Albemarle High School's Math, Engineering & Science Academy (MESA).
The Albemarle High School math league team placed second in the statewide competition in 2011 and was third this past year.