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August 13, 2013 > Local Students Receive Awards in International Math Competition

Local Students Receive Awards in International Math Competition

Submitted By Eva Leung, Photo by Math Edge

As math contestant Joshua Chan takes his seat beside students from China and Bulgaria, the atmosphere is quiet and tense. Once you start the two-hour test, you calm down, "but the most important thing is to keep your concentration."

On July 4, four USA teams from the Bay Area took home eight individual awards in the Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition (BIMC) against 577 other contestants. This year's competition accepted and hosted contestants for one week in the beautiful seaside city of Burgas. Contestants from over 30 countries including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherland, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe competed in either Elementary Mathematics International Competition (EMIC) for elementary students or Invitational World Youth Mathematics Intercity Competition (IWYMIC) for middle school students.

Students representing USA were invited to BIMC, selected through a tryout in early February administered and held by MathEdge, a local math competition training and learning center that focuses on teaching logical reasoning and problem solving. After twelve weeks of training, a final test was administered in late April to select sixteen students for the six-day trip - all expenses except airfare were covered by BIMC.

In the EMIC, an impressive five out of eight MathEdge students scored individual awards. Silver medalist Kenny Wang and bronze medalist Dianna Pei are both sixth graders from Miller Elementary in Cupertino. Another sixth grader, Kevin Chen from Mission San Jose Elementary in Fremont also won a bronze medal. Earning merit awards were Jonathan Huang in fourth grade at Faria Elementary in Cupertino and Michelle Feng in sixth grade at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto. Other participants in EMIC included Jason Huang (sixth grader from Harker Middle School in Santa Clara), Grace Huang (fifth grader from Harker), and Andrew Xu (fifth grader from Chadbourne Elementary in Fremont).

In the IWYMIC , three more claimed awards including seventh-grade bronze medalist Michelle Song from Hopkins Junior High in Fremont and merit award winners Justin Chan who is a ninth grader from Monta Vista High in Cupertino and Vinayak Kumar, an eighth grader from Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon. Joshua Chan (ninth grader from Mission San Jose High in Fremont), Albert Lo (tenth grader from Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon), Qing Huang (seventh grader from Horner in Fremont), Shopnavo Biswas (seventh grader from Challenger Middle School in Palo Alto), and Jonathan Zhang (ninth grader from Valley Christian High in San Jose) also participated.

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