Sunnyvale 8th grader Swapnil Garg from Cupertino Middle School won the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Florida today, outperforming 224 students from across the nation. Swapnil was also one of four members of the First Place Team, which included students from The Harker School in San Jose, Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos, and my own Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton. Swapnil won a $20,000 scholarship for individual first place, a $2,000 scholarship for team first place, and a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Alabama.
Most impressive, Swapnil won the individual competition without ever using pencil and paper. Congratulations, Swapnil!