President Obama Honors MATHCOUNTS National Finalists in Oval Office

WASHINGTON, D.C.— June 28, 2010 — For the tenth consecutive year, MATHCOUNTS ( National Competition Champions were honored to receive congratulations from the President of the United States in the Oval Office. President Barack Obama greeted the top finishers in the 2010 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, including the individual champion and coach, runner-up and coach, and first place California state team and coach in an Oval Office ceremony on June 28, 2010.

Mathletes® in attendance at yesterday’s meeting included MATHCOUNTS National Individual Mark Sellke of West Lafayette, Ind. and his coach Bob Fischer of Terre Haute. Runner-up Shyam Narayanan, of Overland Park, Kan. was also in attendance along with his coach Teresa Adams from Kansas City, Kan. The National Team Champions from California were also represented. Team members included Douglas Chen, of Cupertino, Calif.; Eugene Chen, of Pleasanton, Calif.; Lewis Chen, of Freemont, Calif.; Aaron Lin, of Fremont, Calif.; and coach Donna Phair, of Fremont, Calif.

President Obama praised each of the Mathletes for their outstanding achievement and their commitment to academic excellence, and also recognized the volunteer coaches for their invaluable service to the MATHCOUNTS program. He went on to remind the middle school students that the U.S. will one day rely on their problem-solving skills and that each student should continue to develop their special abilities in mathematics for both themselves and the good of the nation.

The top individual winner beat 223 other student Mathletes in written and oral competitions at the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando on May 7, 2010. Students who make it to the national competition begin from a pool of over 100,000 students across the country. An archived streaming webcast of the Countdown Round is available at

During the ceremony, MATHCOUNTS Executive Director, Lou DiGioia, presented the President with a framed photo of all students who participated at the 2010 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition.

“That President Obama took the time to recognize the achievements of these outstanding students is a testament to the importance of math education in this country,” said DiGioia. “Our mission is to inspire excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. We know the President is a big proponent of mathematics literacy and we’re honored by his administration’s support.”

More information on the MATHCOUNTS Foundation and the 2010 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition is available at


MATHCOUNTS is America’s only nationwide enrichment, coaching, club, and competition program that motivates and rewards middle school students for math achievement.


  • Celebrating its 27th anniversary, over 6 million students have developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills through participating in MATHCOUNTS.
  • Over 100,000 students in more than 6000 schools register annually to compete in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program.
  • MATHCOUNTS currently distributes program information, curriculum, and materials to over 48,000 middle schools.
  • A 501(c)(3) organization, funding for MATHCOUNTS comes primarily from its National Sponsors; Raytheon Company, National Defense Education Program, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Pitsco Education, Texas Instruments Incorporated and 3M. MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

ABOUT MathMovesU:

Raytheon’s MathMovesU® program is committed to increasing middle school students’ interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include Raytheon's Sum of all ThrillsTM experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the “In the Numbers” game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company’s three-year sponsorship of the National MATHCOUNTS competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program providing more than $1 million in annual funding to students and teachers.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.



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Monday, June 28, 2010