May 20, 2011 - "Math whiz wins big"

Fourteen-year-old Scott Wu is an 8th grader at Glasgow Middle School. He's also the national champ  -- in math. He won the title at Raytheon's Mathcounts competition in Washington, DC.

"It's very dynamic," says Scott. "Anything can happen. Anyone can come out on top, and I was just hoping that I could do my best. I was really nervous."

Nervous but looking up to his brother Neal, who competed in Mathcounts in 2005. Scott says, "He also won this competition, so I was inspired to study math and work harder."

Nonetheless there were tense moments, says Scott. "I got through the first few rounds of the countdown fairly easily, but then the last rounds, I was against a guy named Yang from Missouri, and he was really fast, so I didn't think I'd be able to beat him."

Beat him he did--and proud of it!

I asked, "Would you rather be the Mathcounts champion or quarterback at LSU?"

Scott quickly replies, "Mathcounts champion!"

You might think today's video game playing kids would scoff at a "math geek." Nope, Scott is treated like a football hero at Glasgow Middle School. A great kid in a great school.

Scott won $14,000 in scholarships and a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. He plans to follow his brother Neal into Harvard.