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May 25, 2006
  

38th CANADIAN MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD WINNERS

OTTAWA, Ontario -- Eight students receive top honours in the 38th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO). The CMO, Canada's premier mathematics competition, is organized and administered by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS). A total of 79 students from over 50 Canadian schools wrote the 2006 CMO based upon their performance in the 2005 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) (November 23, 2005), the CMS Correspondence Training Programme and other mathematics competitions. Students had to solve five difficult questions during the three hour 2006 CMO examination held on March 29, 2006.

"Preparing for the Olympiad gives students the incentive to explore mathematics beyond the regular curriculum. Some of our candidates become very knowledgeable and adept at mathematics, and I congratulate the winners of this year's Canadian Mathematical Olympiad." said Dr. Edward Barbeau, University of Toronto, Chair of the CMS Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee.

2006 Prize Winners: The top winners in the 38th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad are:

FIRST PRIZE and the Sun Life Financial Cup goes to Dong Uk (David) Rhee, McNally Composite High School Edmonton, AB; SECOND PRIZE goes to Yufei Zhao, Don Mills Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON; THIRD PRIZE goes to Shawn Eastwood, Canadian International School, Singapore. HONOURABLE MENTIONS were awarded to: Alan Guo, O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Oshawa, ON, Kent Huynh, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON, Viktoriya Krakovna, Vaughan Road Academy, Toronto, ON, Alexander Remorov, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo ON, and Thomas Tang, A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, North York, ON.

Over 6300 students wrote the 2005 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge and the winners of the 2005 Open and the 2006 CMO will be honoured at the CMS Awards Banquet which will take place at the University of Waterloo on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

"All of these winners have done very well in a most challenging competition. The students who participate in these competitions develop the creative problem solving skills so valuable in today's workplace." said Dr. Graham Wright, Executive Director, Canadian Mathematical Society.

The Society is grateful for the support from the Sun Life Financial as the Major Sponsor of the 2006 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad and other sponsors which include: Alberta Learning; Department of Education, New Brunswick; the Department of Education, Newfoundland and Labrador; the Department of Education, Northwest Territories; the Department of Education, Nova Scotia, the Ministry of Education, Ontario; the Ministry of Education, Quebec; the Department of Education, Saskatchewan; Nelson Thomson Learning; John Wiley and Sons Canada Ltd.; A.K. Peters; Maplesoft; the Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia; the Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto; the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Brunswick at Fredericton; the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa; and the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, University of Waterloo.

Problems, solutions and other contest information is available at: www.cms.math.ca/Competitions/CMO/

For more information, contact:

Dr. Graham P. Wright
Canadian Mathematical Society
Executive Director
director@cms.math.ca
(613) 562-5702
Dr. Edward Barbeau
Chair, CMS Mathematical Olympiad Committee
Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto
barbeau@math.toronto.edu
(416) 653-1961
Dr. George Bluman
Chair, CMS Mathematical
Competitions Committee
Department of Mathematics
University of British Columbia
bluman@math.ubc.ca
(604)-822-3044

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