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South High Sophomore Qualifies for America Mathematical Olympiad

Michael Zhao, a sophomore at South High School, recently qualified to participate in the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).  A math club member, Zhao, is the first student from South High School to qualify for the USAMO.

To qualify for the USAMO, Zhao had to score in the top one percent of ninth and tenth graders nationally on the American Mathematics Competition 10 (AMC 10).  He then advanced on to the three hour, 15 question American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME).  There he competed with 10,025 other students from the U.S. and Canada. Zhao was one of only 514 students invited to participate in the USAMO, placing him in the top five percent of students in grades 9-12 in the U.S. and Canada.

The USAMO is a nine hour test given over two days.  It is the last round the United States has to select the top six students to represent the U.S. in the International Mathematical Olympiad, this year being held in Berlin, Germany.

The USAMO exam is Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29, 2009.  The test will be administered at South High by Zhao’s math teacher, Scott Degitz – the Parkway School District high school teacher of the year.