UCCS announces 30th Colorado Math Olympiad winners

May 6, 2013
Margie Oldham, (719) 255-4552, moldham@uccs.edu
Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Winners of the 30th annual Colorado Math Olympiad at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs were announced May 3 during a campus awards ceremony attended by university and Colorado Springs dignitaries.

257 middle and high school students from around Colorado as well as the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile, Ala., attended the XXX Colorado Mathematical Olympiad on April 26. Participants were presented five problems and four hours to solve them and provide a complete essay-type solution.The Colorado Math Olympiad is led by Alex Soifer, professor, Interdepartmental Studies.

Judges awarded the honors to the following individuals:

First Prize. First prizes were awarded to two students, Albert Soh, junior, and Jesse Zhang, sophomore, : at Fairview High School, Boulder. Each will receive a gold medal of the Olympiad, a $750 scholarship to be used at any certified American university or four-year college, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship, a Casio Prism calculator, a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, a copy of “The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of Its Creators” by Alexander Soifer, and an Olympiad-related book by Springer publishers. This was Soh’s second first-place finish.

Second Prize. Second prize was awarded to Shawn Ong, junior, Douglas County High School, Castle Rock. He will receive a silver medal of the Olympiad, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship, a gift certificate for two nights at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort Hotel, a Casio Prism calculator, a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, a copy of “The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of Its Creators” by Alexander Soifer and an Olympiad-related book by Springer publishers.

Third Prize. Third prizes were awarded to Jeremy Schiff, freshman, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, and Sisi Peng, sophomore, Rampart High School, Colorado Springs. Each will each receive a bronze medal of the Olympiad, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship, a Casio Prism calculator, a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, a copy of “The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: From the Mountains of Colorado to the Peaks of Mathematics” by Alexander Soifer and an Olympiad-related book by Springer publishers.

Fourth prizes were awarded to Yue Niu, junior, Rampart High School, Colorado Springs; Jackson Chen, freshman, Fairview High School, Boulder; Hana Admasse, grade seven, Aurora Hills Middle School, Aurora; Justin Wahlers, junior, Alabama School of Math and Science, Mobile, Ala.; William Shand, freshman, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs. Each will receive a Casio watch, a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, a Casio fx-9750G11 graphing calculator; and copies of “Mathematics as Problem Solving” and “How Does One Cut a Triangle” by Alexander Soifer.

First Honorable Mention prizes were awarded to George Younger, freshman, Colorado Academy, Denver; Jessica Shi, grade eight, Challenger Middle School, Colorado Springs; Avi Swartz, grade eight, Challenge School, Denver; Aaron Lou, grade eight, Cresthill Middle School, Highlands Ranch; Sebastian Rowe, sophomore, Edison High School, Yoder; Andrew Morton, junior, Rangely High School, Rangely; Joshua Sun, grade seven, Jenkins Middle School, Colorado Springs; and Austin Layne, grade seven, Aurora Quest K-8, Aurora.

The students will receive a Casio fx-9750GII Graphing Calculator, a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, and copies of “Mathematics as Problem Solving” and “How Does One Cut a Triangle” by Alexander Soifer.

Second Honorable Mention prizes were awarded to Anna Carrigan, senior, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs; Aurora Ortman, grade seven, Galileo School of Math and Science, Colorado Springs; Emma Chesire, junior, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs; Raphael Angoulvant, grade eight, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch; Sebastian Blitt, junior, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs; Alexis Corcoran, senior, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs; Robert Olson, junior, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs; Colton Sorbie, grade eight, Aurora Quest K-8, Aurora.; Elizabeth Resendiz, grade seven, Aurora Quest K-8, Aurora; Allan Chen, grade eight, West Middle School, Colorado Springs; Sara Del Valle, sophomore, Coronado High School, Colorado Springs; Jenny Bushnell, senior, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs; Drake Rutherford, freshman, Coronado High School, Colorado Springs; Jared Burton, senior, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs; Alex Fulton, senior, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs; Rowan Binkley-Jones, junior, Edison High School, Yoder; Any Wang, grade eight, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch; Cam Nguyen, senior, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs; Nick Lin, grade eight, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch; Eric Wu, junior, Alabama School of Math and Science, Mobile, Ala.; Frank Gomez, grade seven, Aurora Hills Middle School, Aurora; Rachael Moese, grade seven, West Middle School, Colorado Springs; Prakhar Singal, senior, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs.

The students will receive a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, a Casio Scientific Calculator fx-115ES PLUS, and a copy of “Mathematics as Problem Solving” by Alexander Soifer.

In the 30 years of Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, more than 18,000 students have participated. They wrote more than 89,000 essays and received about $317,000 in prizes. The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad is a unique joint effort of school districts, schools, institutions of higher education, business community and local and State governments.

For more details and sample questions of the Mathematical Olympiad, please visit http://www.uccs.edu/olympiad. The XXXI Colorado Mathematical Olympiad is scheduled for April 25, 2014.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.