Overland Park student wins $6,000 in national math contest

Contact: Mike Breen or Annette Emerson, American Mathematical Society, 401-573-5050 (cell) or 401-455-4000 (office), paoffice@ams.org.


San Diego — Shyam Narayanan, a sophomore from Blue Valley West High School, has won $6,000 in the math game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, Thursday, January 10 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego. Shyam finished in second place among ten contestants selected based on their scores on a qualifying test sent to schools across the nation.

Of the $6,000 total, $3,000 will go to Shyam and $3,000 to the math department at Blue Valley West High School. Shyam won the contest last year, as a freshman, and part of his winnings were used to establish a math club at Blue Valley West. He will probably save this year’s money for his college fund. He also won a graphing calculator donated by Texas Instruments.

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) organizes the game in different cities nationwide to reward good mathematics students. This is the fourth national contest of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. The first-place prize went to Calvin Deng of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, who won a total of $10,000.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings being held in San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center through January 12. Over 6,000 mathematicians are attending the meeting.

Photo (attached): Shyam Narayanan (left) and Calvin Deng (right).

Game webpage: www.ams.org/wwtbam .

Game sponsors: Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, John Wiley and Sons, and the AMS.

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Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the 30,000-member American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.

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