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ARML 2017 Information - Wild Wild West (Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming)

mathleague.org is recruiting a team of talented math students to represent several western states (Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming) as a "Wild Wild West" team at the national ARML competition, and we would like to invite interested students to submit an application to be on this year's team. We will be competing at the American Regions Mathematics League national contest in Las Vegas this May. This year's ARML meet is scheduled for June 2 and 3 at the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. This year's contest conflicts with an SAT test date, so students who had planned to take the June SAT will need to make alternate arrangements. The easiest solution is simply to schedule the SAT for another test date, but students who have no choice but to take the test in June may be able to arrange for an alternate testing date; contact us for information on how to reschedule your test around ARML if you absolutely must take the SAT in June.

Our Wild Wild West team won the national championship in ARML's B Division in 2015, and we are hoping to field an even stronger team this year now that we have been promoted to Division A.

The cost of the program this year will be $220, which covers registration, housing Friday night at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, two meals on Saturday, and a team T-shirt. You will be responsible for your other meals, as well as any additional spending money you wish to bring. Many school districts pay part or all of a student's expenses to attend the ARML meet. Feel free to seek funding from your local district; if you are accepted onto the team mathleague.org can prepare an official invitation letter to assist in securing funding if you would like to pursue this option. Please note that the registration fee does not cover transportation to Las Vegas, but we will have a few registration and travel scholarships available for students in underrepresented states; if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, simply check the financial aid box on your ARML application and we will let you know by April 27 whether you are being considered for one of these scholarships. For students in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, we anticipate arranging car pools to get you to the contest site if you don't want to pay for a flight. Those of you in the more northern states will probably need to arrange to fly into Las Vegas, and we can pick you up at the airport.

We will be sending invitation letters to all AIME qualifiers in our eight-state region, but we are certainly interested in recruiting additional students and can use your help identifying students who may be good candidates for this program. We are also looking for teachers and parents to serve as chaperones and assistant coaches. Please direct any interested students or adults to our website or have them contact us for more information. Once we know who is attending from which states, we will organize students into 15-member teams to compete at ARML. Our plan is to group students from the same state or neighboring states together onto teams if we recruit multiple 15-member teams.

For more information about the ARML program, feel free to check out the ARML website at http://www.arml.com. Once you have been accepted onto the team we will be in contact with you about transportation and notify you of any team practices to be held in your area between now and the competition. Attending practices is an important part of the ARML process; and as such you will be expected to attend practices held in May if you live close enough to attend practices. If you have any questions, we can be reached by email at arml@mathleague.org. We look forward to your participation on this year's team!

To do list:

  • Application - Your application for participation will be due by April 21; the application is available at http://mathleague.org/armlapp.php. If your parents or teachers are interested in traveling to Las Vegas with the team, please have them fill out an application form as well and we can work out the appropriate details with them.
  • Payment and permission slip - Accepted students will be notified by April 27. Students planning to go to ARML this year need to send a notarized permission slip, along with a check for $220 (made out to Math League), to PO Box 622768, Oviedo FL 32762. The permission slip is available online by clicking the link at the top of this page. If you prefer, you may pay online by clicking the link at the top of this page; either way, make sure participant's name is attached to the payment. Any student accepted onto the team whose payment is received by May 1 will be guaranteed a spot on the team, after which positions will be filled on a rolling basis until the team is full or ARML's internal deadline passes, whichever is earlier. Registration fees are nonrefundable after May 1, but if you end up unable to make it to ARML you may designate another student to take your place at the competition.
  • Practices - Practices will be scheduled throughout May in areas where we have a critical mass to hold practices (typically Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tucson). Practices will be announced through the mailing list. If you don't live near a practice site, we will try to find a way to get you prepared electronically - sending out practice material and possibly holding some online training sessions. For those of you in the northern states, if we can find a place to hold a practice where at least 6 students can make it, we will try to arrange for a coach to fly in for a practice sometime in May.

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