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2016 USAMO Winners Announced

The MAA’s American Mathematics Competition recognizes the nation’s top 12 minds

Another cycle of increasingly difficult mathematics competitions has ended, and the final winners of the 2016 USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) have been announced.

The 12 winners were selected out of 325 students that competed in this year’s USAMO, which is the pinnacle of high school mathematics contests administered by the MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions program (AMC).  

The winners are (in alphabetical order):

  • Ankan Bhattacharya(International Academy East,Troy, Michigan)

  • Ruidi Cao (Missouri Academy, Maryville, Missouri)

  • Hongyi Chen (Fairview High School, Boulder, Colorado)

  • Jacob Klegar (Choate‐Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut)

  • James Lin (Winchester High School, Winchester, Massachusetts)

  • Allen Liu (Penfield Senior High School, Penfield, New York)

  • Junyao Peng(Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Princeton, New Jersey)

  • Kevin Ren (Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, California)

  • Mihir Singhal(Palo Alto Senior High School, Palo Alto, California)

  • Alec Sun (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire)

  • Kevin Sun (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire)

  • Yuan Yao (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire)

This year’s winning lineup includes students with some noteworthy accomplishments. Allen Liu, who was on last year’s winning International Mathematical Olympiad team, earned a perfect USAMO score for the second year in a row. Opposite Liu is Ruido Cao, who has never competed in the MAA’s AMC program before this year.

The twelve students will be honored at an awards ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Attendees will include representatives from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and will hear a special address from Jesus Deloera, professor of mathematics at University California-Davis.

The USAMO honorable mentions are listed here, and the top scorers and honorable mentions for the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO) are available here.

About AMC The mission of the MAA's American Mathematics Competitions is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving skills through participation in a fun competition. Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty.

About MAA The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. We accelerate the understanding of our world through mathematics. Mathematics drives society and shapes our lives.

Special Thanks to Our Supporters The MAA acknowledges the generous support of donors who help sustain the MAA American Mathematics Competitions and Olympiads. Patron’s Circle -- Akamai Foundation, Simons Foundation.Innovator’s Circle – The D. E. Shaw Group, Tudor Investment Corporation, Two Sigma. Winner’s Circle –- Dropbox, MathWorks Inc., Susquehanna International Group. Achiever's Circle -- Art of Problem Solving, Jane Street Capital.Sustainers’ Circle -- Academy of Applied Science, American Mathematical Society, Ansatz Capital, Army Educational Outreach Program.  Collaborator's Circle –- American Statistical Association, Casualty Actuarial Society, Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, Mu Alpha Theta, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Thanks to Robert Balles for his support of the 2016 Balles Prize awards.


News Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2016