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US Math Students of the Trimester – Winter 2014

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

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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 T2 2013.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Sam Atkins
Sam Atkins

Sam Atkins – Sam has excelled in Engineering & Robotics. He has submitted accurate and creative programming solutions, and is quick to help other classmates with the material. Sam moves on to the Advanced Programming course where his easy style and helpful nature will be a terrific asset to the class.

A'Kala Chaires
A’Kala Chaires

A’Kala Chaires – A’Kala thinks deeply about the concepts in Probability and Statistics and makes great contributions to our class discussions. She has been a model of intellectual curiosity and academic persistence. A’Kala is excited about Prob/Stats and about learning. This is clear in her habit of finding applications in her daily life and the excitement with which she brings these to class.

Brittany Collins
Brittany Collins

Brittany Collins – Straight As in prob/stat…great person as well as good math student. Her work ethic is amazing. Always has her homework done. Is an active and positive participant in class discussion. Has the highest average in her class. Has math insight beyond rote learning. Plus she’s a great kid who is involved in all kinds of volunteer activities.

Alyssa Cote
Alyssa Cote

Alyssa Cote – Alyssa has been a steady high achieving student all year. She has a perfect homework record and is always engaged in class. She is both confident and competent, seemingly enjoying the material, while willingly helping her peers.

Maranie Harris-Kuiper
Maranie Harris-Kuiper

Maranie Harris-Kuiper – Mar is a powerhouse. She works HARD for every point that she earns. I am so proud of how she has kept up her work ethic even as the course has become more challenging. She actively participates in class, doesn’t hesitate to ask questions, and fully leverages every option for expanding her understanding of the material. She is one of the most coachable students I have ever worked with. She’s a class driver. All of this is all the more impressive because the course is not easy for Mar. She has stepped up to the challenge BIG time. Keep it up Mar!

Umi Keezing
Umi Keezing

Umi Keezing – All year long, Umi has been one of the top students in AP Calculus. She comes to every class well prepared and ready to learn. She has a genuine curiousity about mathematics. She always pays close attention to detail, and is always ready to point out her teachers mistakes. Umi is a pleasure to teach and work with everyday.

Josephine King
Josephine King

Josephine King – Pinky is an insightful student of mathematics who consistently understands the nuances of difficult concepts and is able to apply them with skill and precision. Her grasp of the challenging material we study is apparent every day through her detailed work on homework and the way in which she explains concepts to her peers. She took her understanding to the next level this trimester by creating a poster that perfectly and creatively presented all of the intricacies of a trigonometric topic known as the ambiguous case. The detailed attention she gave to her poster and the clarity with which she presented the topic demonstrated her strong mathematical ability as well as the manner in which she always approaches the study of this discipline.

Emily MacDonald
Emily MacDonald

Emily MacDonald – Emily has achieved at the highest levels this marking period. Always engaged in class, Emily is often the first to demonstrate her work on the board and she is willing to take healthy risks by volunteering answers to the most challenging questions. She has paid close attention to details and completed all assignments with precision. Accurate and organized, Emily always learns from her mistakes and she saved her best work for the trimester two assessment!

Ian Ostberg
Ian Ostberg

Ian Ostberg – His averages were all A’s (test and quizzes 93%, Homework 93%, and class work 100%). He has an incredible work ethic, is greatly organized, and always participates with class discussions. He not only wants to get the right answers but wants to truly understand the connections of the concepts. He is never satisfied just doing without fully understanding.

Teddy Wolfe
Teddy Wolfe

Teddy Wolfe – Teddy Wolfe was selected to be a math student of the trimester for many reasons. Teddy is an extraordinary math student. He earned excellent grades in both trimester I and trimester II this year. He goes above and beyond what is expected of him on all of his assignments. Teddy asks intelligent questions that demonstrate his interest in mathematical processes and reasoning. His curiosity leads him to discover fun and inventive methods for solving a variety of mathematical problems. Teddy is also a wonderful classmate, and continually volunteers to explain solutions to the class and help peers grasp the material we are learning. Teddy comes to class everyday wearing a smile and always has a positive attitude.

Emily Yeager
Emily Yeager

Emily Yeager – Emily is always so interested in all the mathematics we are discussing. She is always prepared, and she will always ask questions when she doesn’t understand something right away. Upbeat and positive, I can always count on her to be fully engaged in every lesson.

Molly Zawacki
Molly Zawacki

Molly Zawacki – Molly has worked very hard this trimester. She has excellent insight into each problem. Her depth of understanding has been one of the highest in the class.

 

T1 Students of the Trimester can be found right here.

US Math Students of the Trimester

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

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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 T1 2013.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Nile Buranasiri
Nile Buranasiri

Nile Buranasiri – I chose Nile because of the way he dealt with the challenges he faced this trimester. Throughout the trimester Nile met the demands of Honors Precalculus with a serious commitment to doing his best. He took advantage of every opportunity to improve his understanding and results, and he did so with grace. He impressed me with his tenacity, his positive attitude and his determination.

Aek Nana
Aek Nana

Aek Nana –  He is one of the most conscientious students and he is always stays focused and on task. Has a good math mind and has an average over 98%.

Cade Zawacki
Cade Zawacki

Cade Zawacki – Cade has fully adopted the role of a statistician. He is careful and thorough in his work, thinks deeply about statistical concepts and articulates quantitative results in context. He is a model for his fellow AP statistics students.

Melissa Falcone
Melissa Falcone

Melissa Falcone – Melissa has demonstrated what hard work is all about this trimester. Always attentive in class, Melissa has taken the extra steps necessary to become the strongest algebra student she can be. She has sought extra help, taken healthy risks in class by volunteering and studied diligently for all assessments. She has set goals for herself and relentlessly pursued those goals. A 97 on her chapter 3 test was the proof that unwavering effort has its rewards.

Ava McElhone Yates
Ava McElhone Yates

Ava McElhone Yates – Ava is a great mathematician, but not because she always gets the material as soon as I present it. Yes, she will sometimes understand concepts very quickly, but more importantly, when she doesn’t see how to do a problem right away, she plugs away at it, working diligently to find a solution. She seeks extra help often, and she always asks questions in class. She always has a positive attitude, and she never lets herself get discouraged by mistakes.

Tory Kolbjornson
Tory Kolbjornson

Tory Kolbjornson – Tory consistently demonstrates the logic, creativity and discipline required of any engineering student. Her C++ programs and the contents of her Engineering Notebook reflect a superior attention to detail. This high standard of academic excellence has allowed Tory (and her Robot) to achieve two perfect scores in our Robot Challenges.

Gabe Hohmann
Gabe Hohmann

Gabe Hohmann – Gabe has done an outstanding job, working hard to master all of the material covered so far this year. He is supportive of his classmates and seems truly interested in understanding and assimilating the concepts of calculus.

Olivia Rother
Olivia Rother

Olivia Rother – Olivia is always upbeat and has kind words for all in the class. She has excellent work habits. Her effort on homework is perfect and in class she answers and asks questions easily and without fear of being incorrect. She is always open to finding her errors, correcting them, and taking responsibility for them.

Jesse Ware
Jesse Ware

Jesse Ware – Not only does Jesse preserver through a class that he finds very challenging, he continually finds ways to have fun. He doesn’t shy away from asking for help, and enjoys helping others. In a class that centers around collaborative work, Jesse shines as a model student who helps make every group he is a part of better.

Loren Po
Loren Po

Loren Po – Loren is a very hard working and insightful math student. He is always willing to share his knowledge of the material on which we are working with the class to help us keep moving forward. His classmates view him as a leader both in and out of the classroom.

Jiaying Tang
Jiaying Tang

Jiaying Tang – Jiaying has gone above and beyond on each assignment. She is always asking to do more problems. She shows a desire to understand the material at the highest level possible. She consistently strives for perfection in her work.

Maisy Glick
Maisy Glick

Maisy Glick – Maisy earned a 100% in Precalculus during the first trimester.  Her participation in class demonstrated her thorough understanding of the material.  Maisy sought extra help when she ran into problems she was unsure of.  She also frequently helped her friends and classmates in Precalculus, especially during group work and class activities.