For the second year in a row, Santa Monica College (SMC) has finished third in the nation among 179 community colleges competing in the 2007-08 national Student Math League competition.

SMC’s top individual performer was Ke Qu, who finished fifth nationally among 2,658 competitors.

The Student Math League competition, in which students are given multiple choice and written exams, is sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

SMC had 125 students participating in the math league competition.

“I am very proud of our students,” said math professor William Konya. “We’ve matched our best finish ever for the second year in a row and our students have proven they are top-notch.”