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County Council recognizes math champ Edward Wan

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Clyde Hill resident and Lakeside student wins 2016 MATHCOUNTS National Championship

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Councilmembers joined Edward Wan, his family, Lakeside math teacher Granya
O'Neill and Clyde Hill City Councilmember Scott Moore, after Wan was recognized for
winning the 2016 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition

 

If you want to beat Edward Wan, you need to get the correct answer to this question in UNDER SIX SECONDS:

“What is the remainder when 999,999,999 is divided by 32?”

The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized Wan, a resident of Clyde Hill and a student at Seattle’s Lakeside Middle School entering the 8th Grade, for winning the 2016 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition by answering the above question in 6.94 seconds.

“Congratulations to Mr. Wan for his amazing performance,” said Councilmember Claudia Balducci, a co-sponsor of the recognition. “Edward is a true Mathlete, and a credit to our County. His extraordinary talent and dedication have earned him this national acknowledgement and recognition.”

“Congratulations to Mr. Wan on his extraordinary achievement at the MATHCOUNTS competition,” said recognition co-sponsor Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles. “His remarkable mathematical skills as well as his passion for learning and for helping others learn sets an inspiring example to students in King County and across the country. I applaud his remarkable achievements.”

In bringing home the MATHCOUNTS title, Wan bested 224 competitors who made it to the championship out of more than 100,000 students who participated in the competition in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and schools worldwide affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department.

“I am very humbled, very pleased and very proud to receive this. Thank you Councilmember Balducci, for nominating me for this great honor,” said Wan. “I also want to thank Ms. (Granya) O'Neill, my Lakeside Math teacher for your unending support, guidance and teachings, and especially my family, for everything you have done for me.”

In winning the championship, Wan received a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to U.S. Space Camp.

Wan is active at both Lakeside School and his community. He is an excellent student and works with homeless families in teaching computer skills as part of the Global Youth Advocates. And of course, he helps young students learn mathematics skills as part of the Seattle Infinity Math Circle.

And if you came up with “31” as your answer to the question above, you might beat Edward, but only if you did it in under 6 seconds!


 

 RECOGNITION

WHEREAS, Edward Wan, a resident of Clyde Hill and a seventh grade student at Seattle’s Lakeside Middle School, accomplished an incredible feat of mathematical prowess by winning the 2016 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Championship on May 9, 2016; and

WHEREAS, Edward was among the 224 competitors who earned a spot in the national competition from the more than 100,000 students who participated in the local and state competitions from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and schools worldwide affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department; and

WHEREAS, Edward is the second student from Lakeside Middle School to win the MATHCOUNTS competition in the event’s 33-year span; and

WHEREAS, Edward won the final round of the 2016 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition by answering the question, “What is the remainder when 999,999,999 is divided by 32?”; and

WHEREAS, Edward is the recipient of the $20,000 Donald G. Weinert Scholarship and a trip to U.S. Space Camp; and

WHEREAS, Edward is an excellent student at Lakeside Middle School, who also competes on the Bellevue Blue Dolphin swim team and enjoys weekly tennis games; and

WHEREAS, Edward is an active participant in community service, teaching homeless families computer skills as part of the Global Youth Project and helping young students learn mathematics skills as part of the Seattle Math Circle;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, recognize and salute

EDWARD WAN

for his extraordinary accomplishment and outstanding display of mathematical skill and hope that he will continue to use his mathematical talents as a tutor and mentor, as he progresses through his education and life.

And the correct answer to the question is 31, which Edward gave in 6.95 seconds!

DATED this eighteenth day of July, 2016.

 

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