Top finishers in math competition meet the president

Top finishers in a national math competition got to visit with the president in the Oval Office.
Top finishers in a national math competition got to visit with the president in the Oval Office. (Pete Souza/white House Photo)
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Math excellence adds up to meeting the president

-- President Barack Obama met a group of impressive middle-schoolers in the Oval Office on Monday. The students were all top finishers in the annual Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition, led by 13-year-old champion Mark Sellke of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Mark, whose father is a statistics professor, beat 223 other student "mathletes" at the event in Orlando, Florida, in early May. More than 100,000 students took part in math competitions across the country.

Obama congratulated the students and reminded them that they will come to rely on their problem-solving skills.

Meanwhile, next week keep an eye on other bright students who will be competing during Kids Week on the television show "Jeopardy!" The shows begin Monday. Caroline Evans, 12, of Bethesda and Kyle Ziemnick, 11, of Purcellville are contestants.


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