Math Competition

Two Indian American high school seniors in California, Mihir Singhal and Swapnil Garg, were part of the United States team that tied for first at the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition. (harker.org photo)

Indian American high school seniors Swapnil Garg and Mihir Singhal were part of the U.S. International Math Olympiad Team that tied for first place at the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition in late February.

The team finished tied for first with 93 points, nabbing two gold medals and one silver in the process, coach Po-Shen Loh noted in a Facebook post.

Singhal is a senior at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, Calif., while Garg is a senior at Harker School in San Jose, Calif.

While Singhal has participated in his fair share of highly selective math competitions over the years, this is his first time representing Team USA, according to a palyvoice.com report.

“It’s pretty cool to be representing the U.S. at a competition,” Singhal said in the report.

Singhal’s journey to Team USA began with the American Mathematic Competition, a test all students in the highest math lane at Paly take annually. He then took the American Invitational Mathematics Examination and competed in the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, the publication said.

“I’m not really sure what my future plans are yet but I definitely want them to involve math,” Singhal said in the report.

Harker said of Garg that he “followed up this already-impressive feat by being one of just 10 competitors worldwide to win a gold medal.”

Receiving an invitation to RMM is a major achievement for math students, who must first perform well enough in the team selection test or team selection exam, which is taken by students who place among the top competitors in the USA Mathematical Olympiad, according to Harker’s news release.

The USAMO is similar in structure to the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition, in that the competition takes place over two days; each day, the team of four works on three problems over the span of 4.5 hours, the report said.

According to Loh, this year’s problems encompassed many different fields of mathematics, ranging from calculus to combinatorics.

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