95 schools from 28 states took part in the 38th contest and there were 674 participants. The maximum possible score was 70. The leading scores were (if anybody has any objections about putting these leading scores on the WEB, please inform the Contest Director immediately!)

Score Name
Institution State Major/Grad
42 Deng Calvin Harvard Univ MA Math 17
37 Zbarsky Samuel Carnegie Mellon PA Math 17
32 Stoner David W Harvard Univ MA Math 19
32 Molnar Grant S Brigham Young UT Math 16
30 Schneider Eric D Princeton Univ NJ Math 17
30 Li Ray Carnegie Mellon PA Math 17
30 Suayze Thomas E Carnegie Mellon PA Math 17
29 Busis Adam R Harvey Mudd College CA ? 19
28 Brakensiek Joshua D Carnegie Mellon PA Math 18
27 Word Joseph Wilcox Brigham Young UT ? ACME
24 Johnson Cody T Carnegie Mellon PA Math 19
22 Vo Anh H Randolph College VA ?
20 Mason Alexander C WUSL MO Math 18
20 Ji Caleb W WUSL MO Math/CS 20
20 Damian Alexandre Duke NC ? 20
20 Kaleoglu Fatih Princeton Univ NJ ? 20
20 Soukup David M Univ of Rochester NY Math 18
20 Christerson Will B Carnegie Mellon PA Math 17
19 Sunyez-Beard Alexander J Univ MD Baltimore Cty MD Math 18
19 Zeller Luke NC State NC Math/CS 20
17 Zhao Roy Princeton Univ NJ Math 17
16 Patke Mayank S Univ of Michigan MI Math/CS/IntPhys 17

The score distribution was
Score Range Number of Contestants
32 to 42 4
22 to 30 8
19 to 20 8
14 to 17 6
11 to 12 4
9 to 10 36
6 to 8 12
3 to 5 13
1 to 2 19
0 564

For more details, see all the scores ranked

The order of difficulty of the problems as indicated by the scores, starting with the hardest, was 7,6,3,1,4,5,2.

As usual, several students failed to put their registration number on their solutions. Some of the solutions we could not assign to a student, in other cases we made a guess (so it is possible a students got points he/she never actually got). Also, some registration forms weren't filled out.

I'm grateful for help from Edgar Saenz, Daniel Orr, Eyvindur Palsson, Leonardo Mihalcea and Alexander Elgart.

I would like to thank all the schools who took part, and I hope you will all take part again next year. I also hope that many schools who did not take part this year will take part next year. Watch these WEB pages; even if you do not get an invitation, we will still be delighted for you to take part provided you fill in the registration forms before the closing date for entries.

The most likely date for the contest next year is Saturday, either October 21 or October 28, 2017. Occasionally announcements about the competition will be posted in the Sci.Math newsgroup.