SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Shyam Narayanan from Blue Valley West High School in Kansas and Shreya Thipireddy from Dulles High School in Texas were the only Indian American students among the 11 contestants from across the country who qualified for the 2015 national “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” contest, which took place Jan. 12 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings here.

The contestants were selected based on scores on two rounds of qualifying tests and competed for up to $10,000 for themselves and their school's math department.

This is the fourth time that Narayanan, a senior, has qualified for the national contest. He won the 2012 contest as a ninth grader, finished second in the 2013 contest and just missed the finals of the 2014 contest.

Thipireddy is only the second 9th grader to qualify for the national math competition. She plays the cello in her school's orchestra program and also enjoys soccer and tennis.

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