US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2015

I am excited to announce a new award, the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester!


Each math faculty member was free to choose whichever student of theirs they thought best exemplified what they are looking for in a model mathematics student. The official description of the award is as follows:

“Awarded to students who exemplify the math department’s core values of competence, confidence, and perseverance while helping their peers realize the relevance and importance of an exceptional mathematical education both for its beauty and for its practical application.”

The following students have been recognized as the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester for Spring  2015.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Bui,-HaHa Bui – I chose Ha because of the way she approaches learning mathematics as well as the manner with which she works with others. She understands the importance of attention to detail and to organizing and displaying her work and her thinking. I actually look forward to grading her work! Additionally, she deepens her understanding of mathematical concepts each day in class by asking insightful questions, but even more so by helping others. Patiently and clearly she explains concepts and problem-solving strategies to her peers without judgment. Her dedication to doing her best and to sharing her quiet enthusiasm for learning is an inspiration to all.
Cuevas,-OliviaLiv Cuevas – Liv was named math student of the trimester for her outstanding performance in the class, her willingness to help her classmates reach their highest potential, and her perseverance. All year Liv has earned very high grades in pre-calculus, but even more than that she has demonstrated a strong and thorough understanding of the material. When she comes across difficult problems, she never gives up on it. Instead, she consults her notes, book, internet, and teachers and peers. Additionally, and the biggest contributing factor for her receiving this title, is Liv’s eagerness to help her friends and classmates. I constantly find Liv taking the time to work through a problem or explain a concept to a struggling classmate. One of the reasons I love teaching here at Williston is that our students are always found helping each other and truly want to see their peers succeed. Liv is a wonderful model of what it means to be a mathematics student at Williston.
Cummings,-MaggieMaggie Cummings – Maggie has embraced the role of a statistician in her final project. Her data analysis and written responses illustrate a lot of hard work and an understanding of how to communicate quantitative results to a wider audience. It has been a great having Maggie in class.
Fisher,-MorganMorgan Fisher – Morgan is the one of the hardest workers in Probability and Statistics. She is always one of the first to volunteer to participate during class and sets an extremely positive example for her peers in the class. It has been a privilege working with Morgan this year.
Greenwood,-AidanAidan Greenwood – Aidan’s work ethic and willingness to participate have made him a role model for other students in the class. Also, his passion for the new topics of the term, programming and business development, is exactly what I hope to see in all of my students!
Harris,-ChloeChloe Harris – Chloe has been an ideal student throughout the entire year. Each day she comes to class prepared to work for one hour and it is her questions from homework that begin our class discussions. Chloe has mastered the concepts, worked with incredible accuracy, learned from her mistakes and grown tremendously as a student. She has given of herself to help her classmates and smiled while doing so. Her outstanding performance this year is the result of her unwavering effort and her determination to be her best. Congratulations Chloe!!!
Helm,-LaurenLauren Helm – From the beginning of the trimester, Lauren has turned in perfect or near-perfect assignments. Her Engineering Notebook contains extremely complete course notes and is a model of organization. She has excelled in all aspects of this course!
Hill,-RobbyRobby Hill – He high-scored the last test and he continues to impress me in class.
Palumbo,-ToryTory Palumbo – Tory has been a dedicated and focused student all year. She is always willing to take on the most challenging questions. Through her example, Tory has helped other students achieve a greater deal of success as well.
Posse,-KenzieKenzie Possee – Steady hard work. Helpful to others. Persistent.
Record,-GabbyGabby Record – Gabby is an absolute powerhouse. Not only does she has an incredibly deep command of the material, she energetically shares her knowledge with others in an impressively passionate and sensitive manner. Her peers love coming to her for help. Also, she scored a 100% on the most recent test. Whoa!
Shen,-ShengfuShengfu Shen – Shengfu has been consistently one of my top students in Algebra II Honors this year. He is very inquisitive and always wants to fully understand the material that we study. He learns quickly and is able to apply his knowledge to connect different concepts together well.


Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015