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U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad Team Announced

2009 U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad Team Announced

June 26, 2009

U.S. team leaders announced the six students from across the country who will represent the United States at the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bremen, Germany.

The 2009 U.S. IMO team is:

John Berman
John graduated from John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, North Carolina and will be attending MIT in the fall with a primary interest in mathematics and physics. He was a recipient of a medal at the Romanian Masters of Mathematics Contest and he will attend the International Linguistics Olympiad this summer in Poland. His interests also include computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and history.

Wenyu Cao
Wenyu is currently a 10th grader at the Phillips Academy and is very interested in attending MIT or Harvard. He was a semifinalist in the 2007 National MathCounts Competition and has been invited to the USA Invitational Computing Olympiad over the past two years. This year, he received a gold medal at the Romanian Masters of Mathematics Contest. His interests include table tennis, programming, and chess.

Eric Larson
Eric, a graduate of South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon, will be attending Harvard this fall. He placed first in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search, first in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2009, placed second in the Siemens Math, Science, and Technology competition in 2008, and received a silver medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2007. Playing Bach fugues is a passion for Eric as he has been a gold medalist in the Oregon Junior Bach Festival for the past five years.

Delong Meng
Delong graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet School and will be attending MIT in 2009 where he will study mathematics.  Delong was also a USAMO finalist in 2008.  In high school he was active in student government and in his church.  In his spare time, Delong likes to play basketball, ping-pong, and go.

Evan O’Dorney
Evan O’Dorney’s passions are music and math. In his spare time, Evan improvises at the piano, juggles, and invents board games. He likes doing taekwondo with his friends. Evan triumphed at the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee after two years of intensely studying the dictionary. Evan especially enjoys solving and making up math problems. He has created problems used in monthly contests at the Berkeley Math Circle.

Qinxuan Pan
In 2008, Qinxuan won numerous math awards including ARML Individual 1st place and University of Maryland Math Competition 1st place. In Spring 2009, he represented the USA at the Romanian Masters in Mathematics and won a silver medal. Qinxuan's other hobby is classical music. He won first place in the Music Teacher National Association Senior Division in Maryland last fall. Besides math and music, Qinxuan also loves soccer, movies and computer games. Qinxuan is going to attend MIT this fall.

The students will head to Germany on July 11.

News Date: 
Friday, June 26, 2009