Neil will be heartened to learn that North Carolina's ARML team finished in first place this year, over Lehigh Valley. making them the de facto national championship math team. North Carolina has had up and down years but often fares quite well at the ARML competition, thanks to schools like the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and an unusually high number of PhD-holding parents in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Lehigh Valley is no slouch, though, as they were the runners-up. Exeter, LV's previous nemesis, apparently did not compete this year. Georgia finished a respectable sixth place.
Let me again register my plea for the White House to do what they do for MATHCOUNTS and invite the winning ARML team to the White House.