Washington State 6th-Grader and Texas Team Awarded Mathematics Champions at Lockheed Martin MATHCOUNTS National Competition - 2008

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Darryl Wu of Bellevue, Washington, answered this challenging math problem in less than 45 seconds to win the MATHCOUNTS National Champion title at the Lockheed Martin MATHCOUNTS National Competition today in Denver at the Denver Marriott Tech Center:

Congratulations to each of these students on their amazing accomplishments

    Question: A set of distinct positive integers has a total of 11 digits, and all the digits are 1s. What is the smallest possible sum of the integers in the set?

Answer: 11,234

The 6th-grader from Lakeside Middle School competed against 227 other middle school students in this prestigious competition, hosted by Lockheed Martin, a MATHCOUNTS National Sponsor.

Wu was victorious in the intense, one-on-one oral Countdown Round where the top 12 Mathletes(R) competed for the title of MATHCOUNTS National Champion. Bobby Shen of Sugarland, Texas, was awarded the second-place individual title with Anderson Wang of Ambler, Pennsylvania, and Evan Miller of Owensboro, Kentucky, advancing to the Semi-finals.

In the team competition, Texas captured the title of National Team Champions. Team members include Bobby Shen of Sugarland, Kevin Tian of Austin, Ding Zhou of Houston, Kevin Li of College Station and coach Jeff Boyd of Sugarland

The Washington team took second place, and the Maryland team placed third.

"Congratulations to each of these students on their amazing accomplishments," said Lou Digioia, Executive Director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. "These Mathletes, and all of their counterparts around the nation, deserve our praise and acknowledgement of their talent and dedication. MATHCOUNTS is honored to support the efforts of U.S. middle school students to develop strong mathematical abilities."

Student representatives of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Department of Defense and State Department schools worldwide participated in the Lockheed Martin MATHCOUNTS National Competition. The top four students in each state competition in March earned the honor of forming a team and advancing to today's culmination of the MATHCOUNTS competition.

As National Champion, Darryl Wu won the $8,000 Donald G. Weinert Scholarship, a trip to U.S. Space Camp and a notebook computer. Bobby Shen won a $6,000 scholarship as 2nd Place Individual. Semi-finalists Anderson Wang and Evan Miller each won a $4,000 scholarship, and Darryl Wu's coach, Lon-Chan Chu, received a notebook computer.

Bobby Shen of Texas won an $8,000 scholarship as the Written Round Winner and Jason Hyun of Maryland also won a $6,000 scholarship as Written Round Runner-up.

Additionally, each team member from first-place Texas won a $2,000 scholarship, trips to U.S. Space Camp and a notebook computer.


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

-- Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, more than 7 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 four 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; Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, Texas Instruments Incorporated, National Society of Professional Engineers, 3M Foundation, CNA Foundation, General Motors Foundation and ConocoPhillips. MATHCOUNTS was founded by The National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS and the Lockheed Martin MATHCOUNTS National Competition - 2008 is available at http://www.mathcounts.org.

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