Raytheon Mathcounts Champion Chad Qian

Raytheon Mathcounts Champion Chad Qian

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:

Question: A bag of coins contains only pennies, nickels and dimes with at least five of each. How many different combined values are possible if five coins are selected at random?

Answer:  21 (values)

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 Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded the second-place individual title with Allen Liu of Penfield, N.Y., 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.

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.

Raytheon is a technology company specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.

In the picture above: Chad Qian (CENTER), an 8th grader from Carmel, Ind., is crowned the nation’s middle school math champion at the 2012 Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., May 11, by Mathcounts Executive Director Lou DiGioia (LEFT) and Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson (RIGHT).

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