For the Second Year in a Row, Audiences of "Live with Regis and Kelly" Vote Mathcounts ® Champion Top Junior Achiever : Darryl Wu, Winning Mathlete ® Earns Popular Vote By Viewers in Sixth Annual Relly Award Competition

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Darryl Wu, the winner of the 2008 MATHCOUNTS National Competition (http://www.mathcounts.org), was declared this year’s winner of the Relly Award for Best Junior Achiever on September, 26, 2008 on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” This marks the second year in a row that a Mathlete® has won the popular vote for Jr. Achiever.

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Receiving the Relly at school was a surprise. Since I am only in seventh grade I want to keep competing and look forward to the opportunity of coming back to the show and hopefully winning this honor again. I would like to thank all of the math-aware people who voted for me and also the MATHCOUNTS organization for providing such an enjoyable experience.

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. Eleven-year-old Darryl is the youngest Mathlete to win the national math bee in its 26-year-history. He and his classmates were surprised at his school in Seattle, Washington, on September 17th when the "Regis and Kelly" crew arrived unannounced to present him with his award. Currently in its sixth year the Relly Awards have become among the most popular events on the show.

"It was very exciting to win the MATHCOUNTS National Competition this year and appear on 'Live with Regis and Kelly'," said Darryl Wu. "Receiving the Relly at school was a surprise. Since I am only in seventh grade I want to keep competing and look forward to the opportunity of coming back to the show and hopefully winning this honor again. I would like to thank all of the math-aware people who voted for me and also the MATHCOUNTS organization for providing such an enjoyable experience."

The MATHCOUNTS winner was also received by the President of the United States in a ceremony at the White House in July after the national competition, along with the top students and coaches who compete in the program. Now in its 26th year, 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 that for the second year in a row the viewers of 'Live with Regis and Kelly' rewarded a Mathlete with their votes for special achievement," said Lou DiGioia, Executive Director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. "Darryl's appearance on the show, and the vote of confidence from so many viewers, helps raise awareness that math can be as fun and as challenging as any school sport. We hope Darryl serves as a role model for kids everywhere, and encourages every middle school to start a math club to promote interest and excellence in mathematics. More people are recognizing that math is essential in securing our country's future, and we're grateful to 'Live with Regis and Kelly' for highlighting the efforts of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation along with Daryl's accomplishments."

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