# The 2013 National *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician* at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego

*"Thanks for hosting the *[Who Wants to Be a Mathematician] *contest. I had a great time seeing some old friends again and also meeting other students and mathematicians. I really appreciate having the opportunity to come to San Diego to compete. I'm sure the others feel the same as well!"*

*"My wife and I had a wonderful time in San Diego. The banquet was nice and the AMS representatives were very friendly. Caitlin enjoyed her experience and is raring to go for next year. She's already looking forward to the qualifying test."*

*"I enjoyed watching the program online. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity for students."*

*"Thank you so much!!! It is very generous of the AMS to hand out the monetary awards that it provides and we feel very lucky and privileged to have a student like Shyam."*

**Calvin Deng**, a senior from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, was the big winner, winning on the last question of the finals and taking home US$5,000 and a TI-Nspire CX for himself, and $5,000 for the math department at his school. Calvin edged out **Shyam Narayanan** of Blue Valley West High School (KS), who won in 2012. There were two other people in the finals, **Eric Schneider** of High Technology High School (NJ) and **Alex Wang** of Los Alamos High School (NM), because they tied with Calvin and Shyam, respectively, in the two semifinals.

Below is a description of the game, a few videos (shot by AMS Public Awareness Officer Annette Emerson), videos of each question (shot by Bill Butterworth), and a slideshow. View the entire game here and see links to press coverage of the contestants.

Here is Calvin after his victory:

The final round was an exciting, fast-paced match. After it was over, audience members wondered if host Mike Breen finished reading more than one of the extremely tough questions before someone signaled in and answered correctly.

San Diego County's Vista High School, where contestant **Allan Garry** attends, brought a rooting section. Here they are during the contestant introductions:

And our guest introducer, who got the competition kicked off, **Luke Randolph** (Vista High School):

*Videos with all the questions from the semifinals and finals*:

After the competition, contestants and parents attended an awards ceremony and luncheon. Mathematicians **Tony DeRose** (Pixar Studios), **Eric M. Friedlander** (AMS President, USC), **Bob Guralnick** (USC), **Ken Ono** (Emory University), **Ken Ribet** (University of California, Berkeley), **David Vogan** (AMS President-Elect, MIT), and **Amie Wilkinson** (University of Chicago) also attended and talked to the contestants and parents. Here's AMS Executive Director **Don McClure** (also a mathematician) welcoming the families.