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Aug. 12, 2005

Blair junior dominates international math competition

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
Junior Brian Lawrence earned a gold medal for achieving an individual perfect score at the 46th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), arguably the world's most prestigious high-school math competition. He and the other five members of the USA team finished second overall.

At the IMO, held in Merida, Mexico, from July 4 to July 18, 513 participants from 93 countries were given nine hours each to solve six math problems. Lawrence contributed 42 points, the highest individual score attainable, to the U.S. team's cumulative score of 213 points. China placed first with 235 points, Russia third with 212 points, Iran fourth with 201 points and Korea fifth with 200 points.

Lawrence also excelled in the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), a multi-stage nationwide competition. Of the 300,000 participants from over 4,000 schools, 300 students became eligible for the USAMO after taking the American Mathematics Contest and American Invitational Mathematics Exam qualifiers. Lawrence scored the highest at USAMO and received a $20,000 scholarship from the Akamai Foundation.

Two of the other five USA team members, Thomas Mildorf and Eric Price, attend Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous on August 12, 2005 at 12:32 PM
    Wow, congratulations.
  • Adam Clay (View Email) on August 12, 2005 at 2:10 PM
    Congratulations Brian. That is fantastic.
  • Jon Brookstone on August 12, 2005 at 4:23 PM
    YAY - Way to go Brian
  • Anonymous on August 12, 2005 at 7:03 PM
    oh dang... i knew he was smart...
  • Jung on August 12, 2005 at 7:30 PM
    Congrats Lawrence, wait to make me proud :'(... hahah =)
  • Chels on August 12, 2005 at 10:05 PM

    On another note, look who resumed nuclear research...
  • asdf on August 13, 2005 at 1:34 AM
    Good job, Brian!

    this happened a while ago, btw...
  • guess who... on August 13, 2005 at 9:49 PM
    well well well
    silver chips was slow on this one...
    and I can just see his face turning about a million shades of red when he reads this...
  • wow on August 14, 2005 at 4:26 PM
    Go Brian! that is just awesome! =) good job
  • john on August 14, 2005 at 8:24 PM
    nice nice.
  • hi on August 15, 2005 at 10:25 AM
    I thought brian was a sophmore.
  • ^_^ on August 15, 2005 at 9:44 PM
    Brian is my homedawg =)
  • Sophomore? on August 16, 2005 at 3:58 PM
    he WAS, indeed.
  • bob on August 16, 2005 at 10:15 PM
    he's now officially a junior
  • incredible on August 16, 2005 at 11:16 PM
    I agree with "guess who"
    silver chips was really slow on this one
  • Paige Martin (View Email) on August 17, 2005 at 3:24 PM
    We are starting a highschool newspaper here at Apermont High School in Aspermont, Texas. I was just wondering if you could give me some tips of what to put in our newspaper. We are a rather small school with very few things to do
  • ..... on August 18, 2005 at 9:45 PM
    Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
    Good show, Brian. Many happy returns of the day.
  • TO Paige Martin on August 20, 2005 at 3:12 PM
    Usually, it's better to email the editors/staff for advice than to put your request in the comments area of an article.

    Especially when your comment has nothing to do with the article.

    Email addresses can be found in the Contact Us section of this very website. Here are two:
    The first goes to the online editors, the second to the print editors. Good luck with your paper, and congratulations Brian!

  • dfgfdg on August 31, 2005 at 2:00 PM
    what happeneded to matt mccutchen?
  • ASIAN INVASION!! on September 6, 2005 at 1:08 PM
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