#TopScoreTuesday! This week’s Top Scorer is Rionna Flynn, a sixteen year old from Cupertino, California. Rionna is currently in 12th grade and is homeschooled.
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Q: What’s one fun fact about yourself?
a: This past summer, I attended the Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOP) at Carnegie Mellon. During one of the tests, for the second problem, I wrote a story that involved a toad named Kelvin Amphibian. It received a rare perfect score for both style and math!
Q: How did you get interested in Expii? How do you use Expii?
A: I heard about Expii when Dr. Po-Shen Loh gave a talk on probability at Stanford Math Circle a few years ago and gave out free Expii t-shirts afterward. 🙂 However, I didn’t actually create an account until this year, after Po-Shen gave a talk about Expii at the Math Olympiad Summer Program. After MOP, I made an account, and since then I have had lots of fun working on the weekly problems. I always look forward to Thursdays, when I will have a new problem set to think about.
Q: What’s your math background?
A: Math has fascinated me from a young age. When I was four years old, after learning about the Fibonacci sequence, I was inspired to create my own sequence of numbers. I challenged my parents and grandparents to find the pattern, but no one could figure it out until I gave hints! Additionally, since junior high, I have enjoyed participating in numerous math competitions, such as AMC, USAMO, and Mathleague.
Q: Do you have a favorite math concept or area?
A:It is hard to say which area I like best, but these days I find myself liking number theory more and more. As Gauss said, “Number theory is the queen of mathematics.”
Q: Anything else you want to share about yourself?
A: My love of solving problems is not limited to math; I also enjoy physics and computing problems and competitions, like the USAPhO and USACO. I am also an avid violinist and wushu practitioner, and I volunteer at my local elementary school’s Kids Club.
Thank you Rionna for being an active member in the Expii community. We are happy to see how passionate you are about math and learning.