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U.S. Team Takes Top Prize at Romanian Master of Mathematics

Washington, DC - A team of United States high school students, organized by the Mathematical Association of America, won first place for the second consecutive year at the Romanian Master of Mathematics (RMM) competition held Feb. 20 - 25 in Bucharest, Romania.

The Romanian Master of Mathematics is one of the most challenging international high school mathematics competitions and allows students to demonstrate their mathematical abilities, exchange ideas, and to enhance cross-cultural contacts in high school mathematics.

A total of 24 teams from around the world competed in the 11th Romanian Master of Mathematics. Contestants work through six problems over two days, and the team score is based on the combined highest three individual scores. In addition to the first place team placement, each of the four U.S. team members took home an individual award:

  • Carl Schildkraut, gold medal
  • Benjamin Qi, gold medal
  • Daniel Zhu, gold medal
  • Luke Robitaille, silver medal

Po-Shen Loh, Carnegie Mellon University, served as the U.S. Team Leader and Evan Chen served as the U.S. Team Deputy Leader.

Students who compete in the RMM take part in the MAA’s training program, the Mathematical Olympiad Program, which focuses on the long-term development of young American mathematical talent. The Mathematical Olympiad Program draws from students who perform exceptionally well on the MAA American Mathematics Competitions 10/12 for high school students and subsequent invitational competitions. These students are invited to participate in a series of AMC examinations that culminate with the International Mathematical Olympiad each summer.