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Qualifiers for the 2011 USA Mathematical Olympiad and the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad have just been announced and once again participants in the Metroplex Math Circle were well represented.

USAMO Qualifiers from Texas:

  • Steven Chen, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Alexandra Ilic, Westlake HS, Austin
  • George Qi, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Kevin Tian, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Kevin Li, A&M Consolidated HS, College Station
  • Brian Ferguson, Ferguson Homeschool, Dallas
  • Taeyeon Ham, Highland Park HS, Dallas
  • Adam Su, Texas Academy Math & Science, Denton
  • Michael Ma, Wyatt Elementary, Plano
  • Bobby Shen, Dulles HS, Sugar Land
  • Lawrence Wu, Stephen F Austin HS, Sugar Land

USAJMO Qualifiers from Texas:

  • Patrick Guo, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Kensen Shi, A&M Consolidated HS, College Station
  • Niranjan Balachandar, Frankford MS, Dallas
  • Victor Zhou, St Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas
  • Erik Nguyen, Robert L Paschal HS, Fort Worth
  • Dominic Yurk, Robert L Paschal HS, Fort Worth
  • Paul Cruz, Harmony School of Advancement, Houston
  • Andrew Jin, Harmony School of Advancement, Houston
  • Patrick Pan, Home School, Houston
  • Brian Xu, The Village HS, Houston
  • Siddharth Seethepalli, Seven Lakes HS, Katy
  • Kevin Chang, Jasper HS, Plano
  • David Hao, Jasper HS, Plano
  • Daniel Suh, Jasper HS, Plano
  • Robert Tung, Jasper HS, Plano
  • Angeline Rao, First Colony MS, Sugar Land
  • Alexander Yang, First Colony MS, Sugar Land
  • Eric Yu, The Woodlands College Park HS, The Woodlands

 

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I’m very proud to post 3 new testimonials from some of our most accomplished math circle participants:

I’d like to thank Dr. Andreescu…for [his] time and efforts that made MMC such a wonderful experience for me. I have attended MMC since 2nd grade. I enjoyed the various lectures, learned a lot from the math professors that visited our circle and benefited from their insight into the world of math. I hope this program will continue.

-Michael Ma, 4th grade [Ed. In 2009 Michael had the unprecedented accomplishment of scoring a perfect AMC 10 and qualifying for the USAMO as a third grader.]

I have been attending the Metroplex Math Circle for a couple of years, and I think it is definetely worth my time. Dr. Andreescu gets amazing speakers with interesting topics to come educate us. I think this is a great program, and I hope it continues to attract new participants.

-Victor Zhou, 8th grade [Ed. In 2010 Victor astounded the audience, including Governor Rick Perry, by winning 5 countdown rounds in a row at the Texas state MATHCOUNTS competition.]

After having attending for a few years, I believe that the Metroplex Math Circle program has helped me much in my mathematical studies. The brilliant guest speakers and, of course, Dr. Andreescu, give great lectures in a way that is extremely helpful and also enjoyable to students like myself. I have thoroughly enjoyed the MMC experience and have also learned a lot.

-Robert Tung, 8th grade [Ed. In 2010 Robert was selected to represent Texas at the national MATHCOUNTS competition.]

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They have recently announced the top 23 teams from this year’s Texas State MATHCOUNTS:

  1. Fort Settlement Middle School
  2. Harmony School of Excellence
  3. Canyon Vista Middle School
  4. First Colony Middle School
  5. Westbrook Intermediate
  6. Rice Middle School
  7. Grisham Middle School
  8. St. John’s School
  9. Quail Valley Middle School #1
  10. Keystone School
  11. Trinity Valley School
  12. Beckendorff Junior High
  13. Frankford Middle School
  14. Keller Middle School
  15. Cedar Valley Middle School
  16. Flour Bluff Middle School
  17. West Ridge Middle School
  18. Austin Area Homeschoolers
  19. Cistercian Prepatory School
  20. Schimelpfenig Middle School
  21. St. Mark’s School of Texas
  22. Friendswood Junior High School
  23. Coppell Middle School West

In addition to the schools, many of the highest placing individuals have ties to Metroplex Math Circle and the Metroplex.  Patrick Pan (#1) is a past participant in Dr. Andreescu’s AwesomeMath Summer CampRobert Tung (#4) and Victor Zhou (#10) represent Rice Middle School and have been frequent attendees of the Metroplex Math Circle.  Niranjan Balachandar (#16) finished first in the chapter competition and is a regular MMC attendee.

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I was fortunate to attend the state MATHCOUNTS competition in Austin this weekend.  After a speech by Governor Rick Perry, they began the countdown round to select the 4 members of the Texas team that would compete at MATHCOUNT nationals.  This is particularly significant since Texas has won 4 of the last 5 national competitions and from what I saw has a good chance of winning again!

Our own Victor Zhou amazed the audience by winning 5 of the countdown rounds in a row!  This was quite a feat requiring him to frequently answer complex questions well before the announcer or anyone in the audience could read them.  Victor is a frequent Metroplex Math Circle attendee and student of Dr. Andreescu’s.

Robert Tung, also representing Rice Middle School, and another Metroplex Math Circle student made the national team through a combination of his performance on the written test and the countdown round.  He will join the team coached by the famous Jeff Boyd as they go Orlando to represent us all at nationals.

Please feel free to use the comments section below if you would like to add your contratulations to Victor and Robert!

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