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Two students bring home cash from Oregon Invitational Math Tournament

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jesuit High School's Ashwin Sah and Andrew Bai won cash and calculators for their performance in the 'Who Wants to Be a Mathematician' contest on May 17 at Oregon State University.Jesuit High School freshman Ashwin Sah won $3,000 playing "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" at the Oregon Invitational Math Tournament at Oregon State University on May 17.

More than 150 of Oregon's best math students attended the contest and tournament. Sah also won a TI-Nspire graphing calculator donated by Texas Instruments.

Sah has a history doing well in math competitions, finishing second nationally the past two years in MathCounts, a competition for middle school students. Recently, Sah was an honorable mention at the 2014 USA Math Olympiad and has been invited by the Mathematical Association of America to attend the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program this summer.

Andrew Bai, another Jesuit student, competed in "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" tournament and won $500 and a TI-Nspire.

Sah and Bai were two of the eight contestants selected based on their scores on the tests the students took earlier in the day.

Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the 30,000-member American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.

The AMS organizes the game in different cities nationwide to reward good mathematics students and conducts a national contest with students from around the country each January. It began in 2001 and has been held at universities and science centers from Boston to Hawaii. This is the first time the contest has been held at Oregon State. In the contest's history, nearly 600 students nationwide have won more than $300,000 in cash and prizes and have been cheered on by nearly 30,000 classmates.

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