CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Akamai Foundation has announced that it will award three high school math students with scholarships for their placement in the recent U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad. An awards ceremony for the forty-fourth USAMO winners will be held on June 2nd in Washington D.C.
The Akamai Foundation, established in 2000 and funded solely through donations from Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) employees and individuals outside the company, promotes the pursuit of excellence in mathematics in grades K-12 to encourage America's next generation of technology innovators.
The Akamai Foundation will present Akamai Scholarships to the top three winners of this year's competition, the most prestigious math competition in the country for high school students. David Stoner of South Aiken High School in Aiken, South Carolina and Allen Liu of Penfield Senior High School in Penfield, New York, tied for first place. They will each receive an Akamai Scholarship award of $16,500. Zhuo Qun ("Alex") Song of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, took second place. He will receive an Akamai Scholarship award of $12,000. These top three scorers are among the country's most talented mathematicians.
The USAMO provides a means of identifying and encouraging the most creative secondary mathematics students in the country with a six-question, nine-hour essay/proof examination conducted over two days. It serves to indicate the talent of those who may become leaders in the mathematical sciences of the next generation. The USAMO is part of a worldwide system of national mathematics competitions, a movement in which both educators and research mathematicians are engaged in recognizing and celebrating the imagination and resourcefulness of our youth.
In addition to providing scholarships to USAMO winners, the Akamai Foundation helped the MAA fund and send a team of four female mathematicians of school age to the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) held in Minsk, Belarus from April 14-20, 2015. The U.S. team took second place (behind Ukraine), earning three gold medals and one silver.
"Innovation through math and math education have always been, and continue to be, at the heart of Akamai's mission," said Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO and co-founder, Akamai. "We congratulate this year's winners, as well as all of the participants in the USAMO and the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad. The Akamai Foundation is committed to helping promote mathematics education and to encouraging and inspiring the next generation of technology innovators and leaders."
"Students who qualify for the USAMO represent the highest level of mathematical achievement, and we are pleased to honor the 12 top-scoring students," said Michael Pearson, Executive Director of MAA. "MAA's American Mathematics Competitions program is the premier talent development and cultivation program in the U.S., and is an important part of MAA's effort to advance mathematics to benefit our nation's future. We are most appreciative of the Akamai Foundation's continued support of this important program."