Washington, D.C. - The U.S. team took first place at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) held April 6-12, 2017 in Zürich, Switzerland. In addition to the top team honors, each member of the four-person team was awarded a gold medal for their individual performance on the challenging mathematics exam.
The EGMO is an international mathematics competition for female high school students. This year’s competition had 168 students from 44 teams. The U.S. team is organized by the Mathematical Association of America and has consistently placed in the top four teams with a second place team finish in 2016.
The 2017 EGMO U.S. team members are Angela Deng, Siye Zhu, Qi Qi, and Wanlin Li. Sherry Gong served as team leader and Jenny Iglesias as deputy leader.
The exam is made up of six proof-style problems given over two days. The U.S. team score was 148 out of a possible 168 points. Qi was one of only two overall contestants to receive a perfect score of 42 points on the exam.
“We are proud of the students on our team who have worked very hard to prepare for this competition,” said Sherry Gong, leader of the U.S. EGMO team. “This was a challenging exam so we are especially honored to have all four students take home individual gold medals.”
“The Mathematical Association of America is excited to sponsor this team of America’s top math students and on behalf of the mathematical community we congratulate you on your first place finish,” said Michael Pearson, the executive director of the Mathematical Association of America. “The problem-solving skills you demonstrated at this year’s EGMO point to a bright future for you and mathematics.”
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