Model Senior 1st at EKU Site to Qualify for American Invitational Mathematics Exam through AMC12

A Model Laboratory School senior recently became the first student ever to qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) by taking the AMC12 test at the Eastern Kentucky University site of the American Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Eric Yoder, son of Dr. Margaret Yoder and Ron Yoder, was among 80-plus students in grades 10-12 from seven school districts across the area on the Richmond campus Feb. 7 when EKU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the MAA American Mathematics Competition.

“Eric has great natural ability, but I give credit to Model and to Dr. Don Ryoti, Foundation professor emeritus at EKU, for helping him to express his talent,” said Dr. Yoder, an assistant professor in the university’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “When Eric’s fourth-grade teacher wanted suggestions to help Eric achieve his potential, Dr. Ryoti volunteered to work with Eric. Dr. Ryoti worked with Eric once a week for about five years until Eric completed middle school. Once Eric was in high school, Model has been flexible and worked with Eric’s schedule so he could take multiple mathematics courses from EKU.”

Eric Yoder, who had previously qualified through AMC10 for the AIME, took first place in the Regional Governor’s Cup in mathematics written assessment this year, achieved the top score on the AMC10 in Kentucky in 2010, and scored a 36 on the math portion of the ACT. He plans to major in mathematics in college.

Published on February 28, 2012