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2009 Official Press Release


Contact: Steven R. Dunbar
Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematics Competitions
402-472-6206, or 800-527-3690 FAX: 402-472-8466

High School Math Team from USA wins 2 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals at IMO
Bremen, Germany, July 19, 2009

The 2009 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for high school-age students determined the medal winners today. Overall, the six members of the USA team won 2 Gold medals and 4 Silver medals. The USA team ranked 6th among all 104 participating countries in total points. The International Mathematical Olympiad has 6 difficult problems solved over two days of competitions. Each problem is worth 7 points for a total of 42 points.

- John Berman, a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School, Wilmington, North Carolina, won a Gold Medal with 35 points.
- Wenyu Cao, a students at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts received a Silver Medal with 25 points.
- Eric Larson, who graduated from South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon won a Gold Medal with 34 points.
- Delong Meng who graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana won a Silver Medal with 29 points
- Evan O'Dorney, who attends the Venture School and is from Danville CA, received a Silver Medal with 30 points.
- Qinxuan Pan, who graduated from Wooton High School in Rockville MD won a Silver Medal with 29 points.

The USA team has consistently finished in the top ten teams for the last ten years at the IMO. At this year's IMO 565 young mathematicians from 104 countries competed in solving problems posed in a test administered on July 15 and July 16. Overall, the IMO awarded 49 gold medals, 98 silver and 135 bronze medals.
This year the competition was held in Bremen, Germany, July 12 -22, 2009. The 2009 IMO is the 50th in the annual series of international mathematical competitions. The competition poses six math questions to be solved, three very challenging problems each day in a 4.5 hour session. More details on the IMO are available on the web at

The sponsor of the USA team to the IMO is the Mathematical Association of America ( Additional contributions come from 23 organizations and companies in the mathematical sciences. High scores on a four-stage process of mathematics testing by the Mathematical Association of American's American Mathematics Competitions ( select the US team members.