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!