Hello, my name is Billy Dorminy, and my favorite word is 'poecilonym'. 'Poecilonym' is just a synonym of ... 'synonym'!
I have had quite an interesting past, not much of which has been mathematical. In a time far, far away, as in second grade, I participated in MOEMS, earning an unknown score, but I did get a 3 on one of the tests. And then, I was not ready to join the world yet, so I went back into studying. (Or something like that.)
Then there was 7th grade. I happened, for no reason at all :D, to go to the National Word Power Challenge. It so happened that I came in 4th. (Out of the 3 million participants nationwide.) And I heard about Mathcounts then.
IIRC I took the AMC-10 that year, with a not-wonderful score.
8th grade (2005) I went back to Word Power and came in 2nd, winning a $15,000 scholarship. This time I heard about the International Science and Engineering Fair. The 6th grader who won is the sister of an AoPSer, one who hasn't posted, it is true, but still an AoPSer. And Ming-Ming went to National Mathcounts 2006.
I also went to National Mathcounts (despite the state competition being held the _day after_ state WP). I recruited 2 AoPSers there. Took the AMC-12 too, with a score in the 80s. Oh, did I mention I went to state Geography Bee?
9th grade I took the AMC12A with a score of 98.5 and the AMC10B with a score of 136; I got a 7 on the AIME. I also gave my Word Power study stuffs to Joe Shepherd, who used them better than I had and came in 1st, winning $25,000.
I participated in the International Science and Engineering Fair, managing to go to ISEF from the Georgia State Science Fair (most people go to ISEF from their regional competition). Unfortunately, I did a horrendous job on my presentation to my judges, so I didn't win anything. However, I of course recruited a new AoPSer from ISEF. :)
I also went to ARML at Penn State, got sick, and scored a 2. Gr.
In my 10th grade year, I was on the 2nd place Georgia team at the Duke Math Meet. I think I contributed my part in the proof rounds, though I managed to score another 2 in the individual round. I scored a 3 in the 9th grade. :( I also organized and captained the 11th place iTest team; my teammates were Andrew Ardito, Laura Zehender, Matthew Sheen, and Bryan Anderson (only one of which I am not sure is an AoPSer).
In other mathematical adventures, I took the AMC 12 A, scoring a 132, and the AMC 10B, scoring a 150. My AIME score of 8 was sufficient to get me into USAMO, where I scored a 12.
In vocabulary, I participated in the National Vocabulary Championship, where I made nationals [and recruited at least one other person who also made Nats.]. I didn't win nor recruit any new AoPSers... :( I also participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.
I made ISEF from my regional competition and was in the top 10 in GA for the second year in a row. At ISEF, I won $17500: 15000 scholarship from Alcatel-Lucent, 1000 cash from the ACM, and 1500 for a 2nd award in CS [plus I got an asteroid named after me :)].My project essentially applied a mathematical concept to encryption that had never been used before, opening up a new field of encryption research. Furthermore, I became a Davidson Fellow from that, winning a $10000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute.
In the 2007-2008 year, I was captain of the nth place iTest team.
I am a moderator on the Mathcounts, MOEMS, and Pre-Olympiad forums. If anyone sees anything wrong in those forums, feel free to contact me.
See my contributions over there in the toolbox. My favorite pages are International Science and Engineering Fair and improper fractional base. I wonder why?
I am a Christian. Denominationally, I go to The Rock Presbyterian.
School and family
I am quite pleasantly homeschooled, and have been forever and ever. It is quite pleasant indeed. I have 5 siblings, which is not nearly so many as Joe Shepherd has :). Joe must have so much fun.