8c8d4251bf3b3ad5a8e2dc954ac6740c-3An hour a day during the week, and six on weekends. That’s how 13-year-old Divya Garg of Annandale, Va., worked towards an award in the Lockheed Martin MATHCOUNTS National Competition held in May this year. Garg and her teammates cracked challenging questions to walk away with the title of National Team Champions. Contest participants came from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Department of Defense and State Department schools worldwide.

Math has always come easy to Garg. “I have always enjoyed doing challenging problems,” she says. Not surprisingly, Garg says the four days spent at the competition were a lot of fun. Each team member from Garg’s team won a $2,000 scholarship, a trip to U.S. Space Camp and a notebook computer.

8c8d4251bf3b3ad5a8e2dc954ac6740c-2“The best part, though, was meeting with President Bush,” she says. “It felt great. It was my birthday, too, and I could not have asked for a better birthday gift than meeting the president himself.”

…You Are Our Business Model!

More people are reading India Currents than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Our independent, community journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as $5, you can support us – and it takes just a moment to give via PayPal or credit card.