This year, 505 outstanding high school students qualified for the 2007 USA Mathematical Olympiad. On April 24-25, these students tackled a challenging, six-question exam, distributed via the Internet to their schools. The twelve winners are (in alphabetical order):
Sergei Bernstein, 10th grade, Belmont High School, Belmont, Mass.
Sherry Gong, 12th Grade, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.
Adam Hesterberg, 12th Grade, Garfield High School, Seattle, Wash.
Eric Larson, 10th Grade, South Eugene High School, Eugene, Ore.
Brian Lawrence, 12th Grade, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md.
Tedrick Leung, 12th Grade, North Hollywood High School, North Hollywood, Calif.
Haitao Mao, 11th Grade, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.
Delong Meng, 10th Grade, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, La.
Jacob Steinhardt, 11th Grade, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.
Arnav Tripathy, 12th Grade, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Krishanu Sankar, 11th Grade, Horace Mann School, Riverdale, N.Y.
Alex Zhai, 11th Grade, University Laboratory High School, Urbana, Ill.
An awards ceremony for the 12 USAMO winners will be held in Washington, D.C., at the MAA Headquarters on May 20 and at the U.S. Department of State building on May 21.
On May 22-23, the winners will take the team selection test (TST) to try to qualify for the U.S. team, which will compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 19-30. That team will consist of the six students with the highest combined scores from the TST and USAMO. These students will then spend three weeks in June at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln training for the IMO.
The USAMO is the pinnacle event in the sequence of increasingly challenging mathematical contests administered by the MAA's American Mathematics Competitions program. More than 225,000 worldwide took the first contest (AMC 10 and/or AMC 12). Only 10,000 were invited to compete in the second contest (AIME). Just 505 of these participants made it to the highly selective and prestigious USAMO.