Canyon Crest Academy places first in National Math Contest

Canyon Crest Academy has some of the best high-school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by its first-place finish in the 2011 Collaborative Problem-Solving Contest (CPSC), a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing ( While most math competitions encourage rote memorization, familiar problems, and quick mental reflexes, the CPSC presents schools with 15 unique, intricate problems to be solved over the course of a week.

Under the guidance of coach Brian Shay, students worked together using brainstorming, collaboration, research, and technology to solve the problems, gaining experience with skills that will be critical in college and their careers.

In addition to its overall first-place recognition, Canyon Crest Academy was commended for having the highest score on seven of the 15 problems, including a difficult one involving an analysis of published data from the Kepler space telescope.

National Assessment & Testing administers high-quality mathematics competitions throughout the year that high schools can participate in through the mail. Their contests cover a variety of formats, including individual and team tests, as well as a variety of difficulties, from an easier 100 problems in 30 minutes to this more complicated 15 problems in one week.

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