2015 LHWHS Alumni Victorious at International Mathematical Olympiad

Yang Liu poses with his teammates for a group photo.

A Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate helped the U.S. bring home the gold this year at one of the most renowned global competitions: the International Mathematical Olympiad. This was Yang Liu’s second year on the U.S. team. Yang, 18, graduated in May and has won a gold medal both years he’s participated in the contest. This year’s competition was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from July 4- 13, 2015.

This year, the U.S. team beat out China for the No. 1 spot overall, 185-181. South Korea took third place. About two decades have passed since the U.S. won the competition. Last year, the U.S. took second place.

Only the highest-achieving mathematics students in the nation took on their peers from about 100 other countries. The students worked on six problems spaced out over two days. The scores were then based on their progress on those problems.  “We’re generally happy if we’re in the top three,” Yang said. “But it’s special this year, finally winning first!”

The experience also gave Yang the chance to visit new places and learn about other cultures. He said that traveling, meeting people from all over the world and representing his country to the best of his ability is a good feeling.

Above photo courtesy of Po-Shen Loh, via NPR’s story.