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University of Iowa News Release

March 27, 2006

Two Iowa City High School Students Win $1,500 Prizes In Math Contest At UI

Peter Montag, a junior at Iowa City Regina High School, and Miller Li, a senior at Iowa City West High School, each won $1,500 in the math contest "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician," held at the University of Iowa on Saturday, March 25. Each student won the contest's top prize by correctly answering a number theory question.

Also participating in the contest were:

CEDAR FALLS: Adam Schwertner, Cedar Falls High School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Leif Gaebler, Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program.

DES MOINES: Evan Waddell, Central Academy, Des Moines.

IOWA CITY: Nick Brady, City High School; Miller Li, West High School; Peter Montag, Regina High School.

MARION: Edward Talmage, Marion Home School Assistance Program.

MARSHALLTOWM: Jacob Schrum, Marshalltown High School.

Contestants were selected based on their scores on qualifying tests sent to area schools. Sample question: "One hundred to the 20th power is a 1 followed by how many zeros?"

"Who Wants to be a Mathematician" was part of a morning of mathematics at the University of Iowa. The contest was preceded by a talk by Ken Ono, professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin.

The contest was a production of the American Mathematical Society, which also donated the cash prizes. Other game sponsors are Maplesoft, Texas Instruments, and John Wiley & Sons.

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.

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