Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at George Washington University
"I just wanted to write and thank you for the game last week at GWU. Thanks again for putting on a good challenge!"
"Thank YOU and the AMS for doing this. Alan had a wonderful time and the students who attended also had a lot of fun. Again, thanks for doing this."
"We all very much enjoyed coming to the contest last week, it was great! Thanks for organizing this event and inviting our school to participate in the testing."
When Who Wants to Be a Mathematician traveled to Washington, DC, Holden Lee, a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, answered every question correctly including the bonus question to earn himself $2000. The game was held in the Marvin Center at George Washington University. Classmates, teachers, George Washington University faculty, and people in government came to the game to watch the four contestants play for the prizes and cash available.
Above left, left to right: Eric Hubble (Calverton High School), Teresa Yao (St. John's College High School), Game host Mike Breen, Holden Lee, Alan Pinkert (Walt Whitman High School), and local organizer Murli Gupta of the George Washington University Department of Mathematics
Holden and Alan were tied for a while, but Holden never missed a question and so he wound up in the bonus round. During the game he revealed that he is taking Algebra II, but was able to answer questions on more advanced topics because he reads a lot of math on his own.
The prizes won by the four contestants are:

$2000 from the AMS and a TI89 Titanium graphing calculator from Texas Instruments: Holden Lee

Maple 10 from Maplesoft: Alan Pinkert

Calculus by Anton, Bivens and Davis from John Wiley and Sons: Eric Hubble

What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences from the AMS: Teresa Yao
The audience was enthusiastic in its support for the contestants. A group of students and teachers from Calverton High brought a clever sign and lots of energy, ...


...Teresa Yao's fan club sported funny math tshirts...


...and after the game, Usha Vishnuvajjala, from US Representative Chris Van Hollen's office, presented Alan with a certificate recognizing his participation in the game.


Thanks to all who made up the audience. Thanks also to John Conway and Murli Gupta of the George Washington University Department of Mathematics, and to Sam Rankin and Anita Benjamin of the AMS DC Office for organizing local arrangements for the game. The AMS also thanks sponsors Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, and John Wiley and Sons, for their continued support of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
Photographs by Who Wants to Be a Mathematician judge and cocreator Bill Butterworth of the DePaul University Department of Mathematical Sciences, and by AMS Public Awareness Officer Mike Breen.
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