

Math faculty member and Math Meet organizer Alex Kasman announced the qualifiers.


Contestants (above right), left to right: Jack Wang (PorterGaud School), Selina Pi (Academic Magnet High School), Aman Singh (Charlotte Math Club), Andy Xu (Upstate South Carolina Math Circle), David Liu (Hammond School), Lloyd Liu (Charlotte Math Club), David Stoner (South Aiken High School), and Isaac Baum (D.W. Daniel High School)


The audience files in to see what turned out to be a fairly young group of contestants, especially in game two: Aman Singh is an eighth grader and Andy Xu is in seventh grade.


David Stoner and Lloyd each answered the first four questions correctly, so they were tied for first at the halfway point. Their joint mastery continued for one more question but David and Jack Wang were the only two to get question six correct, so Jack moved into second place. All four contestants finished strongly, each answering the last two questions correctly. So David was the winner, earning $500 from the AMS and the TINspire CX from Texas Instruments.


The second game was a very tight battle. After question five, Aman and Selina were tied for first. Aman broke the tie and moved into first place alone on question six. Then Andy took over first on question seven. Selina and David Liu both answered the last question correctly, but it was not quite enough for Selina to win. She finished 100 points behind Andy. Only 600 points separated the four contestants at the end. Andy moved into the SquareOff Round against David Stoner.


The two contestants went headtohead on one question for another $500 and a chance at the $2,000 Bonus Question. Andy signaled in first but was incorrect. After about a minute, David signaled in and was correct, so it was his chance at the big money. He used all of his three minutes on the question, but, as he later revealed, he spent most of the time checking his answer by doing the problem different ways. All of his approaches led him to the same answer, the correct one, so he tripled his money and brought his cash winnings to $3,000.

