Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at Providence College
"Our students really enjoyed the competition  for some of our students it was the only 'field trip' they have taken in high school because they never want to miss their AP classes. Thank you again for the invitation."
"Thank you so much. We all had a wonderful time. I know it must take a lot of work to put that all together. It's always so well organized. I hope to see you next year."
"Thanks, Mike. As usual, it was great fun."

Emily Perry (above, far left), a junior at Classical High School, and Karan Takhar (next to Emily), a sophomore at the Wheeler School, each won $2000 from the AMS playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at Providence College on Pi Day (314). Contestants also pictured above, left to right, are:
 Timothy Jeon, Rocky Hill School
 Derek Katznelson, Bishop Hendricken High School
 Mike Breen, host of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician
 Kevin Ryan, Portsmouth High School
 Nikolay Korotkov, Lincoln High School
 Kelly Huang, North Kingstown High School
 Jade Khounsavath, Woonsocket High School
Along with the excitement provided by Emily and Karan each winning the grand prize, were excitement and enthusiasm from the audience, many of whom were classmates of the contestants.





In game one, Emily answered every question correctly to earn her place in the bonus round. Nikolay Korotkov also did well, missing only one question. In fact, the lowestscoring contestant in this game missed only two of the eight questions. (At left, left to right: Kelly waving, Derek, Emily, Mike and Nikolay analyzing the wireless mike) 

In game two, Karan missed only one question, the last one, which gave him the highest score and a chance at the bonus question. Timothy Jeon, an eighth grader, finished second. (At left, front: Timothy and Jade, back: Kevin and Karan) 

In the bonus round, Emily and Karan thought about their answers for a while but entered their choices with plenty of time to spare. The audience was very quiet while the contestants were thinking, but erupted in applause once it was revealed that both contestants had won (and that the AMS was  gladly  about 1273pi dollars poorer).
The prizes won by the contestants:
 $2000 from the AMS and a TI89 Titanium graphing calculator from Texas Instruments: Emily Perry and Karan Takhar
 Maple 10 from Maplesoft: Nikolay Korotzov and Timothy Jeon
 Calculus by Anton, Bivens and Davis from John Wiley and Sons: Derek Katznelson and Jade Khounsavath
 What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences from the AMS: Kelly Huang and Kevin Ryan
Thanks to all who made up the audience  a very enthusiastic group. Thanks also to Frank Ford and Lynne DeMasi of the Providence College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science for making arrangements for the game. The AMS also thanks sponsors Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, and John Wiley and Sons, for their continued support of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, as well as local sponsors Pizza Pieer and LaSalle Bakery, who contributed food gifts appropriate to the day.
Photographs by Who Wants to Be a Mathematician judge and cocreator Bill Butterworth of the DePaul University Department of Mathematical Sciences, and by Sandy Frost, Notices managing editor.
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