Stanford had another excellent year!
The team consisting of Vishal Arul, Ravi Fernando, and Sam Keller finished third, which is our best showing yet! The Department receives an award of $15, 000, and the team members an award of $600 each. The top five teams are
(1) MIT, (2) Carnegie-Mellon (3) Stanford (4) Harvard, and (5) Caltech.

The top individual performer from Stanford was Ravi Fernando, who ranked 23rd placing him in the ``N2" category (top 25).
Here are some other highlights from the results this year:
--- Seven students received Honorable Mention.
They are:
Herman Chau
Charles Chen
Sam Keller
Lyuboslav Panchev
Jeong Soo Sim
Lynnelle Ye
Zhivko Zhechev.

The cutoff for an HM was 49 points and a rank of 76.5.
Distribution of students getting HM or higher: MIT 35(!), Harvard 10, Stanford 8,
Carnegie-Mellon 7, Princeton 3, Yale 3, Caltech 3.

--- A further 4 students featured in the top 201. They are:
Vishal Arul
Jack Chen
Hieu Pham
Brian Wai

--- Another 7 students finished in the "Honor Roll" of the list of top
five hundred students sent out with the Putnam results:
Cynthia Day
Caroline Ellison
Mark Holmstrom
Tony Jin
Harry Levine
Boris Perkhounkov
Bryce Taylor

In all we had 19 students in the "Honor Roll". MIT topped this with 87
students; Carnegie-Mellon 35; Harvard 34; Princeton 11; Caltech 11.

--- The cutoff for the honor roll this year was 21 points. Narrowly
missing out were Ingerid Fosli, Pehg Hui How, Matthew Mistele, Prithvi Ramakrishnan, Todor Markov,
Matt Staib, Albert Chen, Tony He, and Renjie You. They all got essentially two questions right.

--- Getting essentially one question correct: Tommy Fan, Rio Lavigne, Harrison Ho.

--- Fun Putnam stats: About 400 students, 557 schools. Median score 1.
Top score 99. The top 5 scored between 88-99 points (out of 120).
Problems A5, A6 and B6 had interesting point distributions -- fewer than a dozen people
got credit for these problems.

Congratulations to all our participants on yet another commendable performance!