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Vermont Mathematics Team Places 5th In Regional Competition

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This year the Vermont All Stars team placed fifth out of 35 teams in the Regional ARML B-division at Penn State University. The team was composed of Zach Farr and Jack Venuti of BFA, St. Albans; Tyler Gray of Canaan Memorial School; Vignesh Rajendran, Matthew Wu and Charles Wu of Essex High School; Grace Cheng and Zhili Feng of Lyndon Institute; Kenny Micklas of Mt. Abraham Union; Jae Hong Kim, Liren Wang and Xin Wei of St. Johnsbury Academy; and Vivian Huang, Tristan Ohlson and Kevin Wang of South Burlington High School. Jean Ohlson, a mathematics teacher at South Burlington High School, was coach of the Vermont All Stars.

The American Regions Mathematics League's annual competition brings together the nation's finest students. They meet, compete against, and socialize with one another, forming friendships and sharpening their mathematical skills. Since its inception in 1976, ARML has snowballed, burgeoned, and mushroomed into a national program, involving almost 2000 students and teachers from almost every state. Simply put, ARML is the World Series of mathematics competitions. The contest is written for high school students, although some exceptional junior high students attend each year. The competition consists of several events, which include a team round, a power question (in which a team solves proof-oriented questions), an individual round, two relay rounds (in which a contestant solves a problem and passes his/her answer to another team member, who uses this answer to solve another problem), and a super relay. In all, about 120+ teams participate. A team consists of 15 students, high school age or lower. The competition takes place the weekend immediately following Memorial Day. Most teams arrive on campus Friday afternoon, stay in University dorms, and leave the day after the competition. The competition begins early Saturday morning at Penn State, the University of Georgia, and the University of Iowa, and in the early evening on Friday at UNLV.

Each year one student from Chicago and one from another ARML team is chosen to receive the Douglas Cameron Baker Memorial Award, given in memory of Douglas Cameron Baker, a former member of the Chicago ARML team. The award is given to two deserving ARML students who best exemplify the qualities that Douglas brought to the contest: an enthusiasm for the competition, and enjoyment of the social interaction with other students and a love of mathematics. This year Kevin Wang of South Burlington High School was the national winner and received a cash award of $250. Kevin, along with Matthew Wu, was a first place winner in the 2011-12 Annual Talent Search sponsored by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition. Kevin will be attending Harvard University this fall.

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