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Math Department Announces Its Annual High School Math Contest Winners

Release Date: 
May 2 2014

INDIANAPOLIS— Two high school seniors were awarded a full four-year academic tuition scholarship to the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as part of the annual High School Mathematics Contest. Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the contest concluded Saturday April 26 with an awards ceremony at Eskenazi Hall on the IUPUI campus.
 Avon team photo
First prize winners:
- Wil Pirino, 12th Grade, Avon High School. Teacher: Anthony Record
- Gregory Vaughan, 12th Grade, Home Schooled. Teacher: George Vaughan
 
Group award winners:
- Team Award: Avon High School.  Teachers – Courtney Guth, Jeff Osterman and Anthony Record  
- Spirit Award: MTI School of Knowledge. Teacher – Heba Elshakmak
 
Throughout Indiana, hundreds of high school students (grades 9-12) worked through a series of math problems during the early spring. These students studied patterns, analyzed relationships, drafted and refined their solutions, and finally submitted their work to the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Many high school teachers used this as an opportunity to supplement their own lesson plans and provide students with creative and competitive outlets.
 
Every year, the contest questions and a poster highlighting the contest theme are emailed to Indiana high schools and posted online. One question consists of an essay about an application of mathematics as it relates to the contest theme. Students work on the questions independently and mail in their solutions.
 
IUPUI mathematics faculty and graduate students volunteer more than 100 hours to judge all entries based on the student's method of finding the solution, correctness, and elegance of solution. Participants are invited to campus for the award ceremony in April where the following prizes are awarded: First Place (two winners): $300 and a full four-year academic tuition scholarship*; Second Place (five winners): $150 and a $2,000 scholarship*; and Third Place: (ten winners): $100 and a $2,000 scholarship*.
 
*In order to receive the scholarship, the winner must be directly admitted to the School of Science at IUPUI, major in any discipline in the School of Science, and attend full-time. These scholarships are renewable for four years, subject to certain requirements.
 
Full list of winners:
 
First Place:
Wil Pirino, 12th Grade, Avon High School. Teacher: Anthony Record
Gregory Vaughan, 12th Grade, Home Schooled. Teacher: George Vaughan
 
 
Second Place:
Bharat K Gummalla, 9th Grade, Carmel High School. Teacher: Laura Diamente
David Liang, 12th Grade, Carmel High School. Teacher: Matthew Wernke
Clay Thomas, 12th Grade, Fishers High School. Teacher: John Drozd
Michael Wang, 9th Grade, Carmel High School. Teacher: Laura Diamente
Marc WuDunn, 11th Grade, International School of Indiana. Teacher: Mercy Trangia
 
Third Place:
Hannah Boyd, 12th Grade, Avon High School. Teacher: Anthony Record
Zachary Cochran, 10th Grade, Logos Christian Academy. Teacher: Katherine Cochran
Eun Hwang, 12th Grade, Avon High School. Teacher: Anthony Record
Katherine Long, 9th Grade, Carmel High School. Teacher: Matthew Wernke
Nathan Mytelka, 11th Grade, Park Tudor School. Teacher: Thomas Page
Mary Najmon, 9th Grade, Avon High School. Teacher: Jeff Osterman
Gabriel Paree-Huff, 10th Grade, Fishers High School. Teacher: John Drozd
Andrew Santos, 10th Grade, Wheeler High School. Teacher: Peggy Ruoff
Cameron Sickbert, 12th Grade, Avon High School. Teacher: Anthony Record
Blake Wilson, 11th Grade, Plainfield High School. Teacher: Brian Guth
 
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The School of Science at IUPUI is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The school is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy. For more information, visit science.iupui.edu.