Things seemed to add up just right recently for three New Canaan High School students at the annual national American Mathematics Competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.

Patrick Hompe, a senior, and juniors Charles Pitteway and Robert Fusek became the first team of three New Canaan High students ever to be named to the School Honor Roll at the AMC.

Each year, more than 350,000 top math students in several thousand schools across the United States participate in a series of increasingly difficult competitive examinations. New Canaan finished in the top 3 percent of high schools in this year's AMC competition.

The results were based on the students' performance on a 75-minute,

25-question multiple choice examination offered at each of the participating high schools.

Hompe scored in the top 1 percent of all test takers on the AMC and was named to the Distinguished Honor Roll. Pitteway and Fusek each performed in the top 5 percent of participants, receiving Honor Roll designation.

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As a result of their performances, all three advanced with 5,000 other students to the second stage of the competition, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. The second test consists of a 15-question exam, which competitors have three hours to complete. The answer to each question is an integer between 0 and 999. Both Pitteway and Fusek qualified to take the AIME last year as sophomores, as well.

Hompe, participating in the AIME for the fifth time, advanced to the third and final round of the competition by placing among the top 265 students nationwide on the previous tests. The final competition, the USA Math Olympiad, occurs in late April each year.

Hompe and 264 other students, ranging from fifth to 12th grade, had to solve six math proofs during a nine-hour examination, administered over two days.

Last April, Hompe was the first New Canaan student to qualify for the USAMO in 17 years. After finishing 89th as a junior, he was looking to improve upon last year's performance this spring.

Results were not yet available.

The examinations were administered locally by Anthony Bloss, chairman of the New Canaan High School math department.