Math Students Rank Tops in Nation

Foothill's outstanding math scholars are at it again, this time nabbing a nationwide 8th-place ranking based on the outcome of an assessment test.

Members of Foothill's math club, Mu Alpha Theta, took part in the fall start-up event hosted by the Seattle-based National Assessment and Testing company. Students nationwide were eligible to take the test on Sept. 22 at their school campuses. At Foothill, the timed test was administered to about 20 students by teacher Mark Hailey.

The 100-problem, 30-minute competition is a fast-paced test of a student's familiarity with basic math skills. The test is designed to motivate math teams early in the school year and give teachers a ready assessment of students' skills. Schools mail their tests to be graded and assessed in comparison to other schools that took part.

In addition to Foothill's 8th-place ranking, Akshay Ravikumar was ranked 10th among all sophomores and Roger Huang placed 7th in the senior division.

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation paid Foothill's entrance fee to take the exam.

Congratulations to Foothill's math club students for their outstanding achievement.

The math club meets Wednesdays during lunch in room D-24. Students work on problems and puzzles to hone their skills for competition questions. Please contact Mr. Hailey at if you'd like to join the math club.

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011