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Meet the 2011 National Contestants

Below are the contestants who have qualified for the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contest, Friday, January 7 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans (Marriott, Mardi Gras EFGH, 9:30-11:00 a.m.).

Rohit Agrawal

Rohit Agrawal

Senior at Wayzata High School (MN)

Won first place in Minnesota State High School Math League

Qualified for 2010 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician

Loves skiing and cold weather

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Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper

Senior at Jesuit High School (LA)

First-place individual in State Mu Alpha Theta 9th, 10th, and 11th grades

Plays bass in the church band

Loves corny jokes

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Anthony Grebe

Anthony Grebe

Junior at Pine View School (FL)

USAMO qualifier in 8th, 9th and 10th grades

Has perfect pitch

Shares his birth date with fellow contestant Shonak Patel

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Stephen Lamontagne

Stephen Lamontagne

Junior at Barrington High School (RI)

Co-champion in 2010 Rhode Island Math League state finals

Favorite thing about school is the math team

Can't wait until he goes to New Orleans

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Evan O'Dorney

Evan O'Dorney

Senior, homeschooled, affiliated with the Venture School (CA)

Gold medalist in 2010 IMO, silver medals in 2008 and 2009

2010 National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician champion

2007 National Spelling Bee champion

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Shonak Patel

Shonak Patel

Senior at Liberty High School (PA)

Member of first-place team in 2010 ARML competition

If he wins the $5000 first prize, he'll donate part of his winnings to an orphanage in India

Sees math in everything around him

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Richard Spence

Richard Spence

Junior at the Sonoran Science Academy (AZ)

USAMO qualifier

Favorite things about school are the Sonoran math and robotics programs

Won first place (Division 4) in 2010 National Scrabble Championship

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Bryce Taylor

Bryce Taylor

Senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Attended MOSP in 2008

Member of 2010 national Science Bowl championship team

Enjoys writing and solving riddles and mysteries

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Noah Taylor

Noah Taylor

Senior at Pickerington High School Central (OH)

Qualified for national Mathcounts in his first year of participation

Performed with the school band in the Rose Parade (twice) and Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

Can't wait until college and the freedom that comes with it

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David Wise

David Wise

Senior, homeschooled (CO)

First place in University of Northern Colorado statewide math contest

National finalist in Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet competition

Likes to play speed chess and Bughouse, a fast four-player version of chess

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The contestants were selected based on scores on the national qualifying test and will compete for up to US$10,000 (total) for themselves and their school's math department.

Partial support of the event comes from a National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar's grant, held by Ken Ono (University of Wisconsin and Emory University). In addition to the cash prizes in the competition, there are also prizes donated by: Texas Instruments, Maplesoft Inc., John Wiley & Sons, and the AMS. The game is a program of the AMS Public Awareness Office and was developed by Mike Breen (AMS Public Awareness Officer) and Bill Butterworth (DePaul University).

From the 2008 contest at Providence College