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What some of the best mathematicians are saying…
“I am almost speechless facing the ingenuity and inventiveness demonstrated in the problems proposed in the third decade of these Olympics. However, equally impressive is the drive and persistence of the originator and living soul of them. It is hard for me to imagine the enthusiasm and commitment needed to work singlehandedly on such and endeavor over several decades.”
– Branko Grünbaum, University of Washington
“…The Olympiad problems were very good from the beginning, but in the third decade the problems have become extraordinarily good. Every brace of 5 problems is a work of art. The harder individual problems range in quality from brilliant to work of genius…”
– Peter D. Johnson, Jr., Auburn University
2016 Colorado Mathematical Olympiad
(press release of April 25, 2016)
Boulder Sophomore Hongyi Chen, Repeats as First Prize Winner at the 33rd Colorado Mathematical Olympiad
On April 22, 2016, Colorado bestowed gorgeous weather and blue skies on the 33st Annual Colorado Mathematical Olympiad (CMO). 233 Olympians came from all over Colorado: Ft Collins, Greeley, Boulder, Highland Ranch, Monument, Greenwood Village, Parker, Aurora, Broomfield, Monument, Denver, Niwot, and Colorado Springs. We also had guest contestants from the Alabama School of Mathematics and Sciences, Mobile, Alabama and Spanish Fort, Alabama.
The Olympians were offered five problems and given four hours to solve them and present complete essay-type solutions.
First prize was awarded by the panel of judges to Hongyi Chen, a 10th grader from Fairview High School, Boulder, Colorado;
He will receive an Olympiad Gold Medal, a $1000 scholarship to attend any accredited American university of his choice, a $2000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship (to be awarded if attending UCCS), Springer-Birkhäuser 2015 book The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden by Alexander Soifer, a Casio graphing calculator, and the Wolfram Research software Mathematica.
Second prize was awarded to Avi Swartz, an 11th grader from Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village.
He will receive an Olympiad silver medal, a $500 scholarship to attend any accredited American university of his choice, a $2000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship (to be awarded if attending UCCS), Springer-Birkhäuser 2015 book The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden by Alexander Soifer, a Casio graphing calculator, and the Wolfram Research software Mathematica. (May 2, 2016/Update: As per CMO Rules scholarship contestants must be present at the award ceremony to accept the award, or the prize is forfeit.)
Third prize was awarded to Austen Mazenko, an 8th grader from Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, and Hannah Zhang, a 10th grader, from Fairview High School, Boulder. (May 2, 2016/Update: As per CMO Rules scholarship contestants must be present at the award ceremony to accept the award, or the prize is forfeit.)
Each of them will receive an Olympiad bronze medal, a $2000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship (to be awarded if attending UCCS); a Springer book, a Casio graphing calculator, and the Wolfram Research software Mathematica.
4th Prize was awarded to Justin Dieter, an 11th grader, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs; Andrew Jeseritz, a 12th grader, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs; Sarah Gao, a 9th grader, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village; and Amanda Li, a 10th grader, from Fairview High School, Boulder.
Literary Award and First Honorable Mention presented to a homeschooled 8th grader, David Jordan, from Ft Collins.
First Honorable Mentions were awarded to the following 23 Olympians: Grace Zhang, 7th grade, Siddarth Ijju, 8th grade, Challenge School; Derwin Wu, 9th grade, Jeremy Schiff, 12th grade, Cherry Creek High School; Vladimir Zhdanov, 12th grade, William Shand, 12th grade, Discovery Canyon Campus; Anurag Golla, 11th grade, Andrea Lin, 10th grade, Cynthia Lin, 9th grade, Fairview High School; Zheye Wang, 11th grade, Fountain Valley School of Colorado; Aaron Lou, 11th grade, Highlands Ranch High School, Kyle Clark, 12th grade, Liberty High School, Kyle Ma, 8th grade, Mountain Ridge Middle School; Aileen Ma, 10th grade, Niwot High School; Cameron Graff, 12th grade, Palmer High School; Bradley Ma, 10th grade, Pine Creek High School; Hannah Park, 9th grade, Poudre High School; Sonia Chu, Matt Chen, 9th grade, and Luke Zhang, 10th grade, Rock Canyon High School; Luke Brobin, 7th grade, The Vanguard School; Mike Ryan, 12th grade, William J. Palmer High School.
They will each receive a copy of the book Mathematics as Problem Solving by Alexander Soifer, a copy of the book Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: The First Ten Years and Further Explorations by Alexander Soifer, a Casio graphing calculator, and a Wolfram Research software Mathematica.
Second Honorable Mentions were awarded to the following 37 Olympians: Matthew DeRocher, 12th grade, Alabama School of Math and Science; Nick Maxwell, 11th grade, Atlas Preparatory School; Rahul Thomas, 7th grade, Campus Middle School; Lauren Shrack, 7th grade, Challenger Middle School; Isani Singh, 10th grade, and Zohreh Haycock, 9th grade, Cherry Creek High School; Ian Brobin, 11th grade, Cheyenne Mountain High School; Jack Younger, 6th grade, Colorado Academy; Chad Wireman, and Samuel Valledo, 11th grade, Discovery Canyon; Austin Crawford, 7th grade, Holmes Middle School; Caleb Noel, 10th grade, home schooled; Erika Brown, 11th grade, Legend High School; Edward Lim, 8th grade, Lesher IB Middle school; Carson Swoveland, 8th grade, Lewis Palmer Middle School; Ryan Evans, 11th grade, Liberty High School; Kacey Schulz, 11th grade, Mitchell High School; Kevin Yang, 6th grade, Prabhnoor Paul, 7th grade, and Samuel Lee, 8th grade, Mountain Ridge Middle School; Claudia Chen, 9th grade, Pine Creek High School; Keshav Nambiar, and Eunhoo (Daniel) Kim, 9th grade, Rampart High School; Anudeep Golla, 8th grade, Southern Hills Middle School; Gregory Li, 7th grade, Spanish Fort Middle School, Alabama; Anthony Wang, and Andrew, Wang, 6th grade, STEM Academy; Kevin Yang, and Daniel Rui, 8th grade, Summit Middle School; Lydia Jameson, 10th grade, Vista Peak Preparatory School; Raiden Atwood, Mia Malden, Xiaomeng Gong, 8th grade, Eric Tang, Akber Shaikh, 7th grade, and Justin Lancisi, 6th grade West Middle School; Rachel Higgins, 6th grade, Winograd K-8 School.
They will each receive a copy of the book Mathematics as Problem Solving by Alexander Soifer and the Wolfram Research software Mathematica.
Those who wish to understand the spirit of the Olympiad are invited to solve some of the 2016 Olympiad’s five problems. Here is a problem for your enjoyment:
Stopping the Ebola Epidemic
A square region 2016 2016 miles is divided into 20162 cells each of which is a square of side 1 mile. Some cells are contaminated by the Ebola virus. Every month the virus spreads to those cells which have at least two sides in common with the contaminated cells. Find the maximum number of contaminated cells, such that no matter where they are located, the Ebola epidemic will not spread to cover the entire region.
On Friday April 29, 2016, starting at 2:00 PM in Berger Hall, we will conduct the Award Presentation Ceremony, with the participation of Pamela Shockley-Zalaback, Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; Greg Hoffman, Director of Human Resources, Intermap Technologies, Inc.; and David Sawtelle, K-12 Mathematics Facilitator, Colorado Springs School District 11. Alexander Soifer will present Solutions of the Olympiad Problems (2 PM), and present his lectures In Memory of Paul Erdős, and Charge to the Olympians: American Test 2016.
This year’s prize fund for the Olympiad and the means for its delivery have been generously donated by Colorado Springs School District 11; Air Academy School District 20; Wolfram Research; Springer Publisher; Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society; Chancellor, UCCS; Provost, UCCS; Vice Chancellor for Student Success, UCCS; UCCS Food and Dining Services; UCCS Bookstore; UCCS Parking and Transportation; and Alexander Soifer.
In the 33 years of the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, over 19,000 students have participated during 1984-2016. They have written over 94,000 essays, and were awarded over $386,000 in prizes. The Olympiad is a unique joint effort of school districts, schools, industry, University of Colorado, and State government.
Mark your calendars:
The Thirty-Fourth Colorado Mathematical Olympiad will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 with the Award Presentation following on Friday, May 5, 2017.
Alexander Soifer, Ph.D.
Chair, The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad
2016 Colorado Mathematical Olympiad Award Ceremony
UCCS Chancellor Pamela Shockley-Zalabak speaks to Olympians and Parents
Friday, April 28, 2017
Awards Ceremony will be the following Friday – May 5, 2017
University Center – Berger Hall
For complete information on the Olympiad event, awards, registration, and event overview, please go to: Olympiad Event Details & Guidelines.
Participants competed to solve five problems and the chance to win valuable prizes, including calculators, software and scholarships.
For a better understanding of what the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad is all about, please watch the documentary:
“Thirtieth Colorado Math Olympiad – 30 Years of Excellence”
Mark your calendars for the 34th CMO:
Friday, April 28, 2017
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