Participants of the Math Talent Quest Contest have a chance to be on the US team for 2013 Hua Cup located at GuangDong, China, currently the largest elementary and middle school math contest in China and has millions of participants each year, with many countries competing in its "Final Round" for the "Hua Golden Cup." For more information on the contest, please visit "Hua Cup" under U.S. Team on the left bar
2013 U.S. Team:
Grade 8 Team:Nicholas McConell (8th grade. TST Score: 105)
Nicholas Sun (7th grade. TST Score: 90)
Alternate: Shwetark Patel (7th grade. TST Score: 85)Grade 7 Team:
Michael Ren (7th grade. TST Score: 100)
Akshaj Kadaveru (7th grade. TST Score: 100)
Alternate: Daniel Kim (7th grade. TST Score: 90)Grade 6 Team:
Wayne Zhao (6th grade. TST Score: 55)
Freddie Zhao (6th grade. TST Score: 40)
Alternate: Alex Gu (6th grade. TST Score: 40)
Students with scores high enough to be on a higher grade-level team are first considered to be on their own grade-level team. This is because it works against the student to compete in a higher grade-level, as it's harder to place when competing against older students.
Ties are primarily broken by the latest problem solved. AMC and Mathcounts scores are also considered.
Though the final taveling team must be small, it is our intent not only to identify a handful of excellent students, but to motivate young students to explore challenging mathematics. To this end, we are developing a selection process that will help to bring a broadly accessible and possibly novel competitive exercise to younger students wherever they may be in the US. Our selection process will consist of several stages:
1. Only participants of the Math Talent Quest Contest are eligible for the U.S. Team.
2. All U.S. team members must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents.
3. Approximatly 30 of the top students on the Math Talent Quest Contest will be selected to attend a 1-month intense online training program.
4. A Team Selection Test will be given out to the Online Training Program qualifiers.
5. The Team Selection Score will be used to determine the U.S. Team. For tie-breaker purposes, we might ask for students' performance on other math competitions, such as the AMC and Mathcounts, to select team members.
6. Two 8th graders (or below) with the highest TST score will be on the U.S. team.
7. Two 7th graders (or below) with the highest TST score will be on the U.S. team.
8. Two students from grades 1-6 with the highest TST score will be on the U.S. team.
9. One alternate will be selected from each of the above groups.
10. In case of very slight margins (or even ties) among the top students, in making the final selection of the national team, all available information will be considered with appropriate weight and the coaches' decision will be final.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, all offshore costs for the U.S. Team will be covered by us. This includes: Tran-Pacific airfare, local transportation, hotel, registration fee for the Contest, and local travelings.