Last Updated: 05/14/2012*

8th grader Chad Qian, from Indiana, bests thousands of math scholars to be crowned champion at 2012 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition

Team from Massachusetts crowned National Team Champion after intense middle school competition

Chad Qian of Carmel, Ind., won the 2012 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition Friday at the Walt Disney World® Swan and Dolphin Resort after an intense final competition before a packed live and webcast audience. This year’s winning Mathlete® answered the following math problem to be crowned national champion of this year’s competition:

2012 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Champion Crowned

The 8th-grader from Sycamore School competed against more than 200 other middle school students in the prestigious academic event. The best and brightest middle school mathematics students engaged in a multi-day competition that included a written exam and culminated in the lightning speed Countdown Round.

Chad Qian was victorious in the intense, one-on-one Countdown Round, in which the top 12 Mathletes vied for the title of this year’s Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Champion. Ashwin Sah of Portland, Ore., was awarded the second-place individual title with Allen Liu of Penfield, NY, and Kevin Sun of Lisle, Ill., advancing to the semifinals.

In the team competition, Massachusetts captured the title of National Team Champion. Team members include Niket Gowravaram, of Acton, Mass.; James Lin, of Winchester, Mass.; Matt Lipman of Lexington, Mass.; Alec Sun, of Lexington, Mass.; and coach Josh Frost, of Lexington, Mass. The Illinois team took second place, and the Washington team placed third.

 “Congratulations to the 2012 MATHCOUNTS champions and all of today’s finalists on their outstanding accomplishments,” said William H. Swanson, Raytheon Chairman and CEO and 2012 MATHCOUNTS honorary chairman. “I was impressed by these young Mathletes -- they demonstrated an ability to solve complex math problems with great enthusiasm. These students have the potential to achieve new heights in any field, but especially as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.”

“My congratulations extend to all 224 participants who rose above 100,000 students at the local, chapter and state levels to compete in this year’s Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition,” said Lou DiGioia, executive director of MATHCOUNTS. “These Mathletes have worked hard throughout the entire year, and they should be extremely proud of their concerted efforts that brought them to math’s biggest stage.”

As National Champion, Chad Qian won the $8,000 Donald G. Weinert Scholarship and a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Ashwin Sah won a $6,000 scholarship for achieving second place in the Individual category. Semifinalists Allen Liu and Kevin Sun each won a $4,000 scholarship. Sean Shi of Saratoga, Calif., won an $8,000 scholarship as the Written Round winner, and Alec Sun also won a $6,000 scholarship as Written Round runner-up. Additionally, each member of the winning National Team from Massachusetts won a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to space camp.

Raytheon is the title sponsor of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition through 2014. The competition sponsorship is one of the centerpieces of Raytheon’s MathMovesU® initiative, which seeks to elevate students’ interest in math and science education through hands-on, interactive activities.

2012 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Champion Crowned

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