Kevin Chen, MATHCOUNTS National Champion, Wins ``Best Junior Achiever'' Relly Award from ``Live with Regis and Kelly'': Mathlete Wins Popular Vote By Viewers in Fifth Annual Relly Award Competition

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Kevin Chen, the winner of the 2007 National MATHCOUNTS Competition, was declared the winner of the Relly Award for Best Junior Achiever on Friday, September, 21, 2007 on "Live with Regis and Kelly."

Winning the Relly Award and the two appearances on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' were very exciting, and caused quite a stir at my school

    The Rellys recognize the best on-air moments of the past year on "Live," with the winners decided by "Live's" at-home viewing audience, who cast their votes online. Kevin Chen was awarded a Golden Stool trophy, which has become one of the entertainment industry's most coveted awards, at the Relly festivities in New York City.

"Winning the Relly Award and the two appearances on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' were very exciting, and caused quite a stir at my school," said Mathlete Kevin Chen. "I got the chance to have a pair of wonderful trips to New York and appear with stars on national TV, and I also gained a lot of useful (and non-math-related!) experience as well. I consider this award very special, and different than the others I have, but I have the MATHCOUNTS program to thank for it too. It was, and still is, a very fun and helpful program that has already given me so much excitement in my life."

The MATHCOUNTS winner was also received by the President of the United States in a ceremony at the White House in May after the national competition, along with the top students and coaches who compete in the program. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, MATHCOUNTS is America's only non-profit nationwide coaching and competition program that motivates and rewards middle school students for math achievement.

"We're delighted the American public sees Kevin as a winner and a role model for kids in every respect," said Lou DiGioia, Executive Director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. "Kevin's appearance on the show helps reinforce that math can be fun, and that every school should have a math club to encourage interest and excellence in mathematics. It's important for our country's future, and we're grateful to 'Live with Regis and Kelly' for highlighting the MATHCOUNTS Foundation along with Kevin's accomplishments."

Editors note: Photo available upon request.

For more information about MATHCOUNTS visit: http://www.mathcounts.org.

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