by Siyu Shen, Freshman, Northwood High School, Irvine When most people think of elementary students, “loving math” is usually not the description that comes up. However, in the case of the 328 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders taking part in the 17th Orange County Math Field Day Southern Section, those two words were not all that far-fetched.

The American Mathematical Association announced its 2008 USAMO Qualifiers on April 8. California students accounted for 1/5 of the total number of qualifiers with 91 out of 500 qualifiers. 19 of the students are from Southern California counties.