UCCS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 28TH COLORADO MATH OLYMPIAD COMPETITION

Margie Teals Davis, (719) 255-4452, [email protected] Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, [email protected]

Winners of the 28th annual Colorado Math Olympiad at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs were announced April 29 during a campus awards ceremony attended by university and Colorado Springs dignitaries.

196 middle and high school students from around southern Colorado attended XXVIII Colorado Mathematical Olympiad on April 22. Participants were presented five problems and four hours to solve them and provide a complete essay-type solution.

Judges awarded the honors to the follow individuals:

First Prize. First prizes were awarded to three Olympians: to Ben Alpert and Christopher Guthrie, seniors at Fairview High School, Boulder, and David Wise, senior homeschooled student, Monument. Each will receive a Gold Medal of the Olympiad, a $500 Scholarship to be used at any certified American university or four-year college, a $1000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship, Casio fx-9750G11 graphing calculator; “The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of Its Creators” by Alexander Soifer or a biography of Paul Erdős “My Brain is Open” by Bruce Schechter; a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, and Wolfram/Alpha paper sculpture kit.

Second Prize. Second prize was awarded to Albert Soh, freshman, Fairview High School, Boulder. He will receive a silver medal of the Olympiad, a $300 scholarship to be used at any certified American university or four-year college, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship, Casio fx-9750G11 graphing calculator; “The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of Its Creators” by Alexander Soifer or “My Brain is Open” by Bruce Schechter; a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, and Wolfram/Alpha paper sculpture kit.

Third Prize. Third prizes were awarded to Charles Xu, senior, Fairview High School, Boulder; and Allan Gardner, senior Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs. Each will each receive a bronze medal of the Olympiad, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship; Casio fx-9750G11 graphing calculator; “My Brain is Open” by Bruce Schechter; a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, and Wolfram/Alpha paper sculpture kit.

Fourth Prize. Fourth prizes was awarded to Artem Bolshakov, sophomore, Ridgeview Classical Schools, Fort Collins. He will receive a Casio fx-9750G11 graphing calculator; “My Brain is Open” by Bruce Schechter; a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, and Wolfram/Alpha paper sculpture kit.

First Honorable Mention. First Honorable Mention prizes were awarded to the following ten contestants: Kyle Christensen, sophomore, Fairview High School; Boulder; Sebastian Rowe, grade 8, Edison54 JT, Yoder; Trystan Binkley-Jones; senior, Edison High School; Yoder; Angela Song, grade 7, Mountain Ridge Middle School; Westminster; Katie Wise, junior, homeschooler, Monument; Everett Hildenbrandt, senior, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs; Don Hyun Kim, junior, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora; Nina Vendhand, grade 7, Cresthill Middle School; Highlands Ranch; Robert Miccuilla, junior, Manitou Springs High School; Rachel Phillips, sophomore, Widefield High School, Landy Sun, junior, Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile., Ala., Alexei Pillen, sophomore, Murphy High School, Mobile, Ala. They will receive the a Casio fx-9750G11 graphing calculator, the book “Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, the First Ten Years” by Alexander Soifer, a Wolfram Mathematica online license, and a Wolfram Mathematica for Students download.

Second Honorable Mention. Second Honorable Mention prizes were awarded to the following twenty contestants: Kyle Tong, freshman, Ponderosa High School, Parker; Christina Bassani, junior, Ponderosa High School, Parker; Henry Zhang, sophomore, Fairview High School, Boulder; George Younger, grade 7, Colorado Academy, Denver; Luke Robinson, grade 8, Aurora Quest K-8; Jack Uddenberg, grade 7, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch; Cody Hutchins, sophomore, Ponderosa High School, Parker; Ryan Reasoner, senior, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs; Josh Vijayam, junior, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs; Raul Ramirez, grade 8, Aurora Hills Middle School, Aurora; Lubin Deng, grade 8, Cherry Creek West Middle School, Greenwood Village; Chris Del Valle, senior, Coronado High School, Colorado Springs; Jerry Chen, grade 7, Cherry Creek West Middle School, Greenwood Village; Max Farfel, Cherry Creek West Middle School; Greenwood Village; Annie Lin, sophomore, Rampart High School, Colorado Springs; John Balan, junior, Widefield High School; Robert Iriye, grade 8, Aurora Quest K-8, Aurora; Andrew Morton, freshman, Rangely High School; Rangely; Mark Gillespie, senior, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs; Sanjna Bhartiya, grade 8, Cherry Creek West Middle School, Greenwood Village. They will each receive a Casio Scientific Calculator fx-300ES; Wolfram Mathematica for Students download, and “Mathematics as Problem Solving” by Alexander Soifer.

Creativity Award. A creativity award was presented to Ben Alpert, senior, Fairview High School, Boulder. He will receive a Panasonic iPOD/iPHONE/CD compact stereo system.

Literary Award. A literary award was presented to Andrew Purvis, senior, Manitou Springs High School. He will receive “Ancestors: In Search of Human Origins,” a book by Donald Johanson.

Art Award. An art award was presented to Ana Seini Fifita, grade 8, Aurora Quest K-8 School, Aurora. She will receive “Graphica.” a book by Wolfram Research.

In the 28 years of Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, about 17,000 students have participated. They wrote more than 86,000 essays and received about $280,000 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.

The following local and university dignitaries attended the ceremony and presented awards to the winners: Richard Skorman, a Colorado Springs business owner; Larry Small, vice mayor, City of Colorado Springs; UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak; Tom Christensen, dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, UCCS; Greg Hoffman, personnel manager, Intermap Technologies, Inc.; Jacob Rhoads, general manager, Sears Corp.; Karin Reynolds, assistant superintendent, Colorado Springs School District 20; Brenda LeBrasse, executive director, Colorado Springs School District 11; Alexander Soifer, chair and founder, Colorado Math Olympiad.

For more details and sample questions of the Mathematical Olympiad, please visit http://www.uccs.edu/olympiad. The XXIX Colorado Mathematical Olympiad is scheduled for April 20, 2012.

UCCS, 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. The campus enrolls about 9,000 students annually.