Ben Le '21 has been invited to participate in the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO). He is among 500 students nationwide to earn a coveted spot in the competition.

"This is quite an achievement," said Mathematics Teacher Joseph Zipoli '84. "Thousands and thousands of talented students participate in the American Mathematics Competition, but only about 500 get to where Ben is right now."

The American Mathematics Competition is a series of increasingly selective and competitive exams. Ben and four other Taft students scored high enough during the early rounds of testing to earn invitations to sit for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, held March 13. Chloe Ye '20, Peter Yu '20, Harry Wang '21, and First Yingyord '19 made that first cut. Ben advanced to the USAJMO round of competition.

Established in 2010, the USAJMO is an invitation-only exam, administered to the top 250 scorers in each of two tests: the American Mathematics Competition and the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. The USAJMO exam requires competitors to offer detailed solutions to six short-answer problems, which are administered over two days; students are given 4.5 hours each day to complete three problems. The top USAJMO performers are invited to participate in the Mathematical Olympiad Program. Ben will take the exam April 17 and 18.

The first AMC competition was held in 1950, and was sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Section of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA). Approximately 6,000 students from 200 schools in New York took the exam. Today, the annual competition has grown to include more than 300,000 competitors from 6,000+ schools.