MEDIA RELEASE — May 2, 2018

Canadian Mathematical Society

May 2, 2018

Top Talent Emerges from the 50th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad

The Canadian Mathematical Society is pleased to announce the results of the 50th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), Canada’s premier mathematics competition which was written by nearly 90 students from more than 50 different schools on March 28, 2018.

The students were select based largely on their performance on the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (written November 2 and 3, 2017) and the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage (written January 29, 2018), competitions supported by Premier Sponsors the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries.

Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee Chair Professor Neal Madras (York), said competing and excelling at the CMO is a great accomplishment.

“The students who succeed on the CMO have accomplished something remarkable. They display impressive mathematical ability and insight. A hard Olympiad problem is a challenge even for most math professors."

The competition’s FIRST PRIZE and CMO Cup goes to Victor Rong, a 16 year- old grade 11 student from Toronto’s Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. Rong says this year’s competition varied from last year’s and he credits his success to a great deal of preparation.

“The problems could be solved with simple techniques used cleverly, a common trait of excellent problems… Compared to last year's set…this year’s followed a reasonable progression of difficulty. I'm thrilled to have come first in this challenging competition.”

Second Prize – Howard Halim (University of Toronto Schools), Toronto;
Third Prize – William Zhao (Richmond Hill High School), Richmond Hill.

Honourable Mentions:

Steven Chow (Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute), Scarborough;
Andrew Dong (Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute), Guelph;
Andrew Lin (University Hill Secondary School), Vancouver;
Victor Wang (Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School), Vancouver;
Scott Xu (Hon. Vincent Massey Secondary School), Windsor;
Zixiang Zhou (University Heights Public School), London.

International Division:

Thoams Guo (Phillips Exeter Academy), Exeter;
Bill Qin (Phillips Academy), Andover;
Nicholas Sun (North Central College), Napierville;
Fred Zhang (HW Longfellow Middle School), Falls Church;
Freddie Zhao (ICAE), Troy;
Wayne Zhao (Bergen County Academics), Hackensack.

See the complete results here.

The Society would like to acknowledge the Premier Sponsors as well as other corporate, government, and academic partners.

About the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad
The 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.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)
The CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The Society`s activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including: meetings, research publications, and the promotion of excellence in mathematics competitions that recognize outstanding student achievements.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Graham Wright
Executive Secretary
Canadian Mathematical Society
613-733-2662 ext. 713
Professor Neal Madras (York)
Chair, Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee
Tel: 416-736-5250