“The smallest integer of a set of consecutive integers is -32. If the sum of these integers is 67, how many integers are in the set?”
That’s the question Swapnil Garg of Sunnyvale, Calif., answered to become the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Champion at this year’s competition. The answer – 67 – propelled the eighth-grader from Cupertino Middle School to the top spot, beating out 223 other Mathletes® and securing a $20,000 college scholarship.
The Raytheon MATHCOUNTS competition brings together the best and brightest middle-school mathematicians from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and schools from the Departments of Defense and State.
The multi-day competition at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort included a written exam and ended with the tense Countdown Round, where the top 12 competitors went head-to-head answering questions.
Kevin Liu from Carmel, Ind., won second-place in the Countdown Round with Alan Peng from Fenton, Mo., and Daniel Zhu from Potomac, Md., having advanced to the semi-finals.
In the team competition, California captured the title of First Place Team. Team members include Garg; Jeffery Li, Harvest Park Middle School; Rajiv Movva, The Harker School; Harry Wang, Raymond J. Fisher Middle School; and coach David Vaughn, from Carmel Valley Middle School. The Maryland state team took second place, and the Virginia team placed third.
“I want to congratulate the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition participants on all they have achieved,” said William H. Swanson, Raytheon Chairman and MATHCOUNTS honorary chairman. “These Mathletes represent our next generation of innovators, and I am impressed by their abilities and confidence at such a young age. They are truly inspiring.”
As National Champion, Garg won the $20,000 Donald Weinert College Scholarship and a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Liu won a $7,500 scholarship as the Countdown Round Runner-up and, in addition, a $2,500 scholarship as the Written Competition Champion. Semi-finalists Peng and Zhu each won a $3,000 scholarship. Additionally, each member of the winning team from California will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to space camp.
Disney Adventures Await
After hours of intense competition, the participants will have a chance to put their math skills to action designing and riding their own rollercoaster at Raytheon’s Sum of All Thrills™ at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort.
And on Saturday, Garg and the winning team from California will be treated to a VIP experience at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, where they’ll finish the day as Grand Marshals in Magic Kingdom’s “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”