Congratulations to Jason Yang ’21, Jessica Yang ’23, and Scott Xu ’23, who were selected among 500 of the best and brightest students from the United States and Canada to participate in the 50th USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) competition in April 2021. Their selection was based on their very high scores during the first two rounds in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC). They earned their placements thanks to a strong work ethic and the support of the high-caliber teaching and academics at Bullis.
The challenging AMC competition is staged in rounds. Last year, four Bullis students moved on to the second round. During the 2020-2021 school year, five Bullis students qualified for the second round, with a sixth student who is homeschooled registering under the Bullis banner—totaling six Bullis students selected for this very difficult round. “Even more amazing were their scores,” says Upper School Math Teacher Stephane Moreau. “We had two perfect scores!”
Top scores in the AMC determine which students will become U.S. national team members and go on to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad, to be held in Russia later in 2021 According to the Mathematical Association of America, which organizes the competitions, over 300,000 students participate in the AMC from over 6,000 schools. In addition, only a small percentage of top scoring students are selected to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). Last year, four Bullis students moved on to AIME.
This year’s results for the AMC “speak volumes about Bullis students’ willingness to challenge themselves,” comments Moreau.
This article is featured in the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Bullis Magazine.
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