Swapnil Garg of Sunnyvale, Calif., won the 2014 Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition Friday at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The winning Mathlete answered the following math problem in 12 seconds to be crowned the National Champion:
Question: The smallest integer of a set of consecutive integers is -32. If the sum of these integers is 67, how many integers are in the set?
Answer: 67 (integers)
The 8th-grader from Cupertino Middle School competed among 224 middle school students in the prestigious competition, engaging the top middle school mathematics minds from across the country.
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“I want to congratulate the 2014 Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition participants on all they have achieved,” said William H. Swanson, Raytheon chairman, and Mathcounts honorary chairman.
As National Champion, Garg won the $20,000 Donald Weinert College Scholarship and a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.
The final 224 competitors represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and schools from the Departments of Defense and State.
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They competed in competitions involving some 100,000 students from more than 5,000 schools at the local and state level to earn the right to compete in Orlando.
Mathcounts is a nonprofit organization that aims to engage middle school students in challenging math programs.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is a technology company specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world.
In the picture above: Raytheon Chairman William H. Swanson (left), MATHCOUNTS Chair, Bob Miller (center), and Executive Director of MATHCOUNTS, Lou DiGioia congratulate Swapnil Garg, an 8th-grader from Sunnyvale, Calif. for taking home the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Champion title.