President Obama Honors MATHCOUNTS(R) National Finalists in Oval Office Ceremony

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For the ninth consecutive year, MATHCOUNTS (http://www.mathcounts.org) National Competition Champions were honored to receive congratulations from the President of the United States in the Oval Office. President Barack Obama and Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, greeted the top finishers in the 2009 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, including the first place Texas state team and coach and second place Missouri state team and coach in an Oval Office ceremony on July 20, 2009.

That President Obama took the time to recognize the achievements of these outstanding students is a testament to the importance of math education in this country

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For the ninth consecutive year, MATHCOUNTS (http://www.mathcounts.org) National Competition Champions were honored to receive congratulations from the President of the United States in the Oval Office. President Barack Obama and Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, greeted the top finishers in the 2009 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, including the first place Texas state team and coach and second place Missouri state team and coach in an Oval Office ceremony on July 20, 2009.

Mathletes® in attendance at yesterday's meeting included MATHCOUNTS National Individual Champion Bobby Shen of Sugarland, Texas, and Masters Round Champion Max Schindler of St. Louis, Missouri. The Texas State Team Champions included Bobby Shen; Yury Aglyamov of Austin; Steven Chen of Austin; Lilly Shen of Sugar Land and Coach Jeff Boyd of Sugar Land. The Missouri State Team Champions included Max Schindler and his sister Stella Schindler of St. Louis; Runpeng Liu of St. Louis; Victor Wang of St. Louis and Coach Paul Turney of St. Louis.

President Obama praised each of the Mathletes for their outstanding achievement and their commitment to academic excellence, and also recognized the volunteer coaches for their invaluable service to the MATHCOUNTS program. He went on to remind the middle school students that the U.S. will one day rely on their problem-solving skills and that each student should continue to develop their special abilities in mathematics for both themselves and the good of the nation.

The top individual winner beat 224 other student Mathletes in written and oral competitions at the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando on May 8, 2009. Students who make it to the National Competition begin from a pool of over 100,000 students across the country. An archived streaming webcast of the Countdown Round is available at http://www.mathcounts.org.

During the ceremony, MATHCOUNTS Executive Director, Lou DiGioia, presented the President with a MATHCOUNTS framed Handbook as a gift from the foundation.

"That President Obama took the time to recognize the achievements of these outstanding students is a testament to the importance of math education in this country," said DiGioia. "Our MATHCOUNTS coaches and volunteers are committed to putting fun and excitement into the math learning experience and making it as challenging and competitive as any school sport. We know the President is a big proponent of mathematics literacy and we're honored by his administration's support."

To view a photo of the MATHCOUNTS National Finalists with President Obama, visit the web site where more information on the MATHCOUNTS Foundation and the 2009 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition is available at http://www.mathcounts.org.

ABOUT MATHCOUNTS:

  •     The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the

United States.

  •     Celebrating its 26th Anniversary, more than 6 million students have participated in MATHCOUNTS.
  •     The program has received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative and been recognized in White House ceremonies by five presidents.
  •     MATHCOUNTS relies upon a national network of 17,000 volunteers.

A 501(c)(3) organization, funding for MATHCOUNTS comes primarily from its National Sponsors; Raytheon Company, National Defense Education Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Pitsco Education, Texas Instruments Incorporated and 3M Foundation. MATHCOUNTS was founded by The National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation.

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Barbara Pflughaupt
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Amy Gorton
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