The nation’s top high school math students were honored June 4 during a ceremony held at the White House in Washington, D.C.
More than 300,000 middle and high school students participated in the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), this year. Through classroom resources and friendly competition, the AMC program helps America’s educators identify talent and foster a love of mathematics. The program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society.
AMC Program Director Béla Bajnok, Professor of Mathematics at Gettysburg College, presented medals to the twelve winners of this year’s U.S. Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), which culminates the challenging series of competitions on the national level.
The ceremony also honored the members of the U.S. team that competed in the 7th Annual European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad in Italy this April. The team took second place in the international competition against teams from 52 countries.
At the event, MAA officials announced the names of the students selected to compete on the U.S. team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in July. Each received a congratulatory certificate from Dr. Bajnok. The team went on to take first place in the IMO 2018 competition. This is the United States’ third world mathematics title in four years. Teams from more than 100 countries competed.
The International Mathematical Olympiad is an annual challenge for pre-college students, and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959.