Korean Student to Represent U.S. in World Math Contest

      July 05, 2010 08:47

      Na In-sung /Yonhap

      A Korean student is representing the U.S. at the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad in Kazakhstan this week. Na In-sung, a 17-year-old student at Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, New Jersey, was selected from over 200,000 contestants to join the six-person U.S. team. He left for Kazakhstan on Friday.

      Na attended Daewon Foreign Language High School in Seoul until January last year, when his family moved to the U.S. as his father was assigned as a tax attaché to the Korean Consulate General in New York. Students representing the U.S. in the IMO only have to be enrolled in a U.S. high school and do not have to be an American citizen or permanent resident. Of the six contestants on this year's team, only two are Caucasian, and the remaining three are Chinese American. Some 534 students from 105 countries are competing in the Olympiad this week.

      Na rose to the top of his class as soon as he transferred to Northern Valley Regional High School and is also talented in computational linguistics. Immediately after the IMO he will take part in the International Olympiad in Linguistics in Sweden on the eight-person U.S. team. He plans to attend university in Korea, and return to Korea after the competitions to start preparing for the university entrance examination.

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