OTTAWA — The top Canadian mathematical minds were revealed with the results of the 47th Sun Life Financial Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), which was held on April 1, 2015. The top three students were Alexander Whatley, Kevin C. Sun and Bill Yan Huang.
1st Prize and Sun Life Financial Cup: Alexander Whatley (North Houston Academy of Science and Mathematics), Spring, Texas.
Alexander has participated in the past three CMO competitions, earning an honourable mention in 2013 and 2012. He was a member of Math Team Canada and attended the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for the past two years, earning a bronze medal in both 2013 and 2014.
“I am very happy and proud, but also surprised [about placing first in the CMO],” said the grade twelve student. “I found the problems challenging but interesting.” Alexander plans to attend Harvard University in September.
2nd Prize: Kevin Sun (Phillips Exeter Academy), Naperville, Ill.
Kevin has competed in the CMO for the past three years, earning an honourable mention in 2012, third place in 2013 and second place in 2014. He represented Canada as part of Math Team Canada, winning a Gold medal in 2014 and a bronze medal in 2013.
3rd Prize: Bill Yan Huang (West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South), Princeton, N.J.
Bill earned honourable mention in the 2014 CMO and plans to pursue his studies in math after high school. The grade twelve student is interested in pure math and applied math, but is leaning towards studying pure math and theoretical computer science.
“There are so many talented people in Canada and it's really an honour to be listed among the (legendary) top few [CMO winners],” said Bill.
Four students received Honourable Mention for their outstanding CMO results including:
Caleb Ji (The Bear Creek School), Redmond, Wash.;
Michael Pang (Fort Richmond Collegiate), Winnipeg, Man.;
Zhuoqun (Alex) Song (Phillips Exeter Academy), Exeter, N.H.;
Kai Sun (A.B. Lucas Secondary School), London, Ont.;
“It is a thrill to see how these students perform on the exam,” said Neal Madras, Chair of the CMO Committee. “They are among the best Canadian mathematics students and the Canadian Mathematical Society is proud to recognize their remarkable achievements.”
The Sun Life Financial CMO aims to foster and recognize high achievement in mathematics and to help in the selection of students to represent Canada in the IMO. Students selected as part of Math Team Canada 2015 will train at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) before travelling to Chiang Mai, Thailand to compete in the 56th annual IMO July 4 - 16, 2015.
The Sun Life Financial Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) is Canada's premier national advanced mathematics competition. Candidates require an invitation from the Canadian Mathematical Society in order to participate. Top participants often represent Canada as part of Math Team Canada at the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) promotes the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The CMS promotes mathematics through a rich array of activities including scientific meetings, publications, awards, prizes, grants, camps and competitions.