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CRAY RESEARCH IS CORPORATE SPONSOR OF MATHCOUNTS

 CRAY RESEARCH IS CORPORATE SPONSOR OF MATHCOUNTS
 "Mathletes" From Minnesota, Wisconsin To Compete In Weekend
 Event Beginning Tomorrow
 EAGAN, Minn., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cray Research Foundation,


the charitable contributions arm of Eagan-based supercomputer manufacturer Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR), is a major corporate sponsor of MATHCOUNTS, a national grass-roots math coaching and competition program that promotes 7th and 8th grade math achievement. Eight local students -- four from Minnesota and four from Wisconsin -- will compete in this weekend's national competition in Alexandria, Va. This is Cray Research's fifth year of supporting the competition; the company's foundation has donated $75,000 to the 1992-93 event.
 "Our commitment to MATHCOUNTS throughout the past five years helps fulfill the Cray Research Foundation strategy of supporting key national science and mathematics education programs," said John Carlson, president and chief operating officer for Cray Research and president and chief executive officer for the company's foundation. "Our corporate giving program is unique in that it focuses on science and math education, particularly at the K-12 level. With programs like MATHCOUNTS, we are right on track in getting the nation's youth interested in advanced studies in these areas and ultimately develop the students of today into the advanced technical thinkers of tomorrow."
 The MATHCOUNTS competition provides students with the challenge of a sporting event; the program targets 7th and 8th grade students to reach them at a time critical in their development and interest in math. To qualify for the national competition, student "mathletes" advance through local and state competition. More than 17,000 volunteers -- including teachers and engineers -- have coached students and sponsored competitions. Since the beginning of the '92 academic year, more than 7,400 schools and 350,000 students participated nationwide in the MATHCOUNTS program. This year's 224 finalists represent all states and U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Defense Department and State Department dependent schools worldwide.
 Throughout the weekend competition, students will compete in written and oral events as teams and individuals. Ten students will qualify to compete for the title of national champion based on their individual scores. These students will meet in the final "Countdown Round," a fast-paced, game-show-like competition where finalists have up to 45 seconds to solve each problem, hit the buzzer and answer correctly. This year's national MATHCOUNTS champion wins a gold medal, an $8,000 scholarship, a personal computer and a week at U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.
 In addition to supporting MATHCOUNTS, Cray Research supported the 1992 National Science and Technology Week; was the corporate sponsor for the 1992 National Science Bowl; donated a supercomputer and provides ongoing technical support to the National Education Supercomputer program based at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and provides support for the Jason Project, a unique educational program that uses robotics and telecommunications technology to enable students to participate live via satellite video as scientists conduct research around the world. At the local level, Cray Research has educational partnerships with schools and school districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
 Since 1983, MATHCOUNTS has reached more than three million students. The program is open to all public, private and parochial schools and is the only program of its kind.
 Cray Research creates the most powerful, highest-quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging scientific and industrial problems.
 MINNESOTA EDITORS: The four finalists representing Minnesota include Wesley Terwey, Sartell Junior High School, St. Cloud; Junger Tang, John Adams Junior High School, Rochester; Carolyn Jones, Stillwater Junior High School, Stillwater; and Lori Peterson, Maplewood Middle School, Oakdale.
 WISCONSIN EDITORS: The four finalists representing Wisconsin include Michael Colsher, Horning Middle School, Waukesha; Josh Edelman, Jefferson Middle School, Madison; Martha Voytovich, De Long Middle School, Eau Claire; Brian Yablon, Shattuck Middle School, Neenah.
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 /CONTACT: Mardi Schmieder of Cray Research, 612-683-3538/
 (CYR) CO: Cray Research, Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU:


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