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US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2020

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2020!

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 Winter 2020.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Brie Banas – Brie has been a consistently strong math student throughout the year. She is intelligent, hard working and diligent yet very unassuming. She is always willing to lend her thoughtful insights into the material with her fellow classmates which consistently helps propel our class forward.
Grace Bean – Grace has had an amazing second trimester. Always a class leader in terms of participation, Grace has stretched herself on the most difficult “”ticket to the weekend “” problems. On more than one occasion, she has been the first student to complete these challenge problems. She is quick to infer previously learned concepts into new problems and she shares her thoughts enthusiastically with the classmates. Grace is always ready to learn and grow.
Anfisa Bogdanenko – In our final section on recursion, Anfisa work to create a recursive backtracking algorithm to solve Slitherlink puzzles. She took this challenge precisely because it was not readily apparent how it would work. Throughout, her analysis of the problem was incredibly insightful and ultimately led to a working solution! Very daring and very bold!
Elsa Frankel – Elsa has led the class by entering into many discussions about challenging problems. Her classmates appreciate looking at her work because it is easy to read and clear when following her steps. Finally, when I had to miss a class, I reached out to Elsa to make sure class got started properly. She went beyond expectations by providing a summary of the class discussion- what went well and we should still go over more. She’s thorough and precise in all that she does! She is always willing to help. 
Liz Gluz – Liz has worked hard all year in and out of the classroom. She has gone above trying to just understand the basics. She excelled at seeing all the connections in each lesson and has shown a high level of mastery.
Lauren Goldinger – Academically, Lauren was consistently at or near the top of her class this winter. This success was due to consistent hard work and perseverance when faced with new mathematical challenges. Additionally, Lauren regularly made a positive impact in our classroom though her ability to collaborate productively with anyone during group work sessions. For the reasons above and more I am proud to make Lauren my math student of the trimester.
Adam Johnsrud – Adam is a proactive learner. He goes out of his way to be prepared and lean into challenging material. He is actively kind, naturally makes space for others, and he goes out of his way to ask people how they are doing, and really care about their response. Adam is a model math student and a fantastic all-around human.
Sarah Kimmel – Sarah is a stellar computer scientist! She brings a natural curiosity and joy for learning to class. She’s a positive contributor to the class discourse and challenges herself during homework and project assignments.
Kam LaFountain – Kam has worked so diligently this year in Geometry Essentials. He has been prepared every day, and he seeks me out for help as soon as any information is unclear. He’s always totally on task during class time, and he obviously really wants to learn all the material.
Matt Pimental – Matt has been a great student throughout the year. He is a leader during discussions, even taking over class one day when my throat limited my speaking. He does great work on projects and is always putting forth his best effort.
Hannah Roche – Hannah puts a lot of thought and care into her work both in and out of class. She is always prepared and sets a great example for her classmates.
Tyler Varin – Tyler did a particularly nice job during the second trimester, stepping up as a leader in this class. Tyler was always ready to participate in class discussions and was willing to take risks with challenging material. His trimester minimization project was outstanding.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2019

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2019!

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 Fall 2019.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Anfisa Bogdanenko – Anfisa is a truly curious student who challenges herself to learn as much as she can. She is able to learn concepts quickly and apply them to new more complex problems. In class, she lends her insights into the material with the rest of her peers to help us constantly move forward.
Julia Borden – Julia is an outstanding math student. Always focused in class, she is determined to do her best in every aspect of learning math. Her diligence as a student has been rewarded with strong test and quiz results throughout the trimester. Julia saved her best work for her trimester one exam. Her near perfect work earned her the highest grade in the class and demonstrated great precision and knowledge. Our class can always count on Julia to ask the most insightful questions. Congratulations, Julia, on an outstanding trimester in Algebra II.
Aidan Bourbonnais – Beyond achieving high marks on assessments, Aidan always came to class with a positive attitude and ready to work. Additionally, Aidan served as a great resource in the classroom by explain concepts to classmates. This reinforced her own understanding while helping boost the understanding of those around her. For these reasons, I am proud to nominate Aidan as my math student of the trimester.
Noah Brooks – Noah was consistently on point in class during the first trimester. He asks great questions to clarify his understanding which helps everyone else in the class. He has a very good understanding of the first trimester material to build on for the rest of the year.
Connor Capshaw – Connor got off to a bit of a slow start with his first quiz in the fall term in Algebra 2 Honors, but then he reacted in exactly the way one would hope. He immediately set up times to meet with me; he carefully reviewed his initial mistakes; and he was careful to prepare diligently for all subsequent tests and quizzes. By the end of the term he was starting to really demonstrate his ability with the subject. Beyond that, Connor is also just a wonderful kid to have in a classroom – polite, friendly, engaged – a true pleasure.
Louisa Coughlin – Louisa has shown a high level of thought and care in her approach to mathematics. She is able to communicate skills and theories with her classmates that are clear and insightful. She has approach class with an excellent mindset that has enabled her to not be afraid to struggle so that she can preform at her best.
Max Graff – Max has shown great intuition for Geometry, thinking through new and challenging concepts. He is always willing to speak up in class to ask questions, share an idea, or help others. He provided great review demonstrations on proofs which really helped the entire group understand the material better.
Sam Haddad – Sam has contributed positively to class discussions. He keeps learning going through answering and asking questions. He knows how to have fun during class and also be serious about his learning. He engages in the activities and applies his learning to more challenging problems.
Felix King – Felix was outstandingly engaged in this class. He understood every lab challenge in terms of the programming tools available. In addition, he explored and used concepts that made his coding both effective and creative.
Will Sawyer – Will exhibited phenomenal work ethic throughout the first trimester. He was not shy about asking questions, and communicated his thoughts/approaches very well when addressing the class and during group work. Will took the initiative to meet for extra help on numerous occasions and always came prepared. The mentality and attitude Will brought to class each day will help him in many other endeavors in and out of the classroom.
Alice Shevchenko – Alice is a tenacious problem solver. She never gives up and makes use of all possible support structures. She works smoothly with others in small groups and is keenly aware of what she knows and what she doesn’t. She has fun with math and that enjoyment is spread to others!
Jack Zhu – Jack’s curiosity drives him to derive all he can can from all of our class activities in AP CSP. He pushes his programming skills consistently rather than relying on what is easy or familiar. He also he maintains cheerful and positive engagement throughout his time with the group.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2019

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2019!

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 2019.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Jason Albanese – Jason pushed through some significant challenges this year and ended up not missing a beat on his progression through the class. His deeply humble and genuinely cheerful nature, as well as his deep sense of empathy, make him into a group work driver. He has fun with challenges and adores ushering his peers through complex topics. Even as we faced harder material in the land of Integrals, Jason kept on leaning in, repeatedly proving he is a creative and talented problem solver.
Katherine Borden – Katie has been a very steady and diligent math student all year long. She comes to class always ready to work and to contribute her thoughts and ideas. She learns new material quickly and is able to retain old concepts well. In class, she helps other students understand the concepts better by volunteering to lend her insights into the material.
Caroline DiFiore – Caroline worked hard right through the final project. She was determined to do her best work – getting extra help from me, friends, other teachers, and the math resource center.
Lily Harris – Lily showed initiative, enthusiasm, and drive during her work in AP CSP. Her progress in our final unit on Python was especially impressive! She brings a natural curiosity and interest in programming that will drive her success as she continues to pursue it.
Molly Kinstle – Molly sailed through this course and assembled the many pieces of Java classes and their interaction with ease. She was always engaged and participated thoughtfully at every point. Her understanding of how the topics covered in this course will serve as a solid foundation in future classes.
Jerry Landman – Jerry brought a high level of insight into each class. Whether it was asking a question or volunteering an answer, Jerry challenged his classmates to think about the material at a deeper level.
Na Kyung Lee – Na consistently distinguished herself among the top students in terms of understanding of the material of precalculus. Not only did she perform outstandingly on assessments, but her ability to work collaboratively with other students became more refined as the year has progressed. I am fully confident that Na will take the foundation she has built this year to reach new heights in any mathematical endeavor she will face in the next academic year. For the reasons stated above I am honored to nominate Na as my math student of the trimester for Spring 2019.
Keyu Lu – Keyu is obviously exceptionally talented in mathematics, but she always supplements that natural ability with incredible diligence and perseverance. I so enjoyed working with her one-on-one this year.
Tucker Motyka – Tucker completed a wonderful third trimester with a strong T3 assessment and an outstanding circles test in Geometry. Tucker thrived on the most difficult work of the year by tying previously learned concepts with challenging new material. His work was organized and he was able to articulate how to attack a multifaceted problem during class discussions. He demonstrated poise, confidence and comprehension throughout the trimester as a class leader in discussions and in his written work. Congratulations, Tucker!
Noe Perry-Greene – Noe contributes in so many ways to our geometry discussions. She shows organized work from which she insightfully explains her problem solving method. She is comfortable taking feedback about her approaches and is able to allow organic discussions to take place. She additionally is able to evaluate the methods her peers use and she works towards efficient methods. Finally, Noe is able to mix fun into the classroom that does not detract from the learning process.
Connor Touhey – Connor was an excellent student and classmate throughout the year. His performance on assessments was always strong and he was diligent in homework every night. Connor was thoroughly engaged in class, always paying full attention and processing new material carefully.
Abby Vassallo – Abby is an incredibly hard worker. She puts in so much effort in and out of the classroom, which leads to her success. She is the epitome of hard work pays off.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2019

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2019!

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 Winter 2019.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Anaya Akpalu – Anaya has had a wonderful second trimester in Algebra II. From the moment we began factoring, Anaya thrived. She easily recognized and mastered a variety of factoring types and she applied her factoring skills with confidence on the most challenging problems. Her class participation is excellent, her focus unwavering and she articulates her thoughts in a positive and constructive manner during group work. Anaya sets high goals for herself as a student and her determination to be her best is contagious. Congratulations, Anaya!
Kira Bixby – Kira is a hard-working student who brings an open mind and willingness to learn to every class. She has consistently performed exceptionally in every type of assessment and actively participates during class activities. I was particularly impressed with the work of Kira’s group on the cereal and town profile projects during the winter trimester, both of which helped to set the bar for the rest of the class. For the reasons above, I am proud to nominate Kira as my math student of the trimester for Winter 2018-19.
Ethan Bradway – Ethan constantly pushed the boundaries of what we covered. Not only did he develop rich solutions to problems but he brought new material (very relevant but not covered in the class) to whatever he was doing. This spilled over into the class and brought new ideas for others to appreciate. Ethan was an excellent contributor to class and more than willing to help classmates on the work.
Rachel Burke – Rachel works hard and makes the class better. She has an unflappably calm demeanor and constantly has fun with math, two things that her peers notice and gravitate towards. She is patient and kind with her peers, and frequently is the first to ask questions in small groups and during full class discussions. She leads small groups well and also has no trouble stepping back and easily supporting those around her. She’s an excellent teacher and student.
Liam Coughlin – Liam is an incredibly hard worker. He always is asking leading questions and trying to find the connections between topics.
Avi Falk – Avi is a great example of a curious, eager learner who wants to understand everything. He is never satisfied with simply an answer, seeking the details and subtleties of a problem or situation. Avi puts his best effort into every piece of work.
Kyle Grabowski – Kyle has been a consistently strong and hard working student throughout the year. He has the ability to learn new material quickly and well. His humble and modest demeanor sometimes masks his important contributions to the class room. He is simply a model mathematics student.
Alex Marwaha – Alex shows enthusiasm and interest for the topics in AP Computer Science Principles and has dedicated himself to producing excellent work in all aspects of the class. He participates thoughtfully and truly enhances the discourse in class.
Trang Phan – Trang did consistent outstanding work this trimester, improving on her very good work in the fall. Her project at the end of the trimester was particularly well done. She worked hard both in class and on her homework to reach a solid understanding of the material we covered in Calculus. I look forward to working with her in the spring!
Taryn Queenin – Taryn is a great math student, but she always supplements her ability with incredibly diligent preparation. I can always count on her to be completely prepared for class, and she seeks out help as soon as she does not fully understand a concept. She’s also just a truly nice person to have in class – always considerate and quick to help out.
Christina Vote – Christina is a dedicated student who goes the extra mile to fully understand each concept. She strives for excellence every day and is willing to work hard to achieve her goals. Her questions and dedication to the class brings her classmates to a higher level.
Glede Wang – Glede has been so focused on the details all year. She is able to incorporate not only the correct mathematical equations but also the writing and analysis that goes along with learning statistics. She is curious, seeking out answers to her questions. In class, she facilitate discussions combining old techniques with new ones. In short, she is a rock star who has continued to impress me with her persistence and drive in the course.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018Spring 2018, Fall 2018

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2018

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2018!

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 Fall 2018.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Graham Allardyce – Graham has enthusiastically leaned in to every aspect of class. He shows up thoroughly prepared, actively asks me questions, and most importantly helps his peers. His work shows deep understanding and it’s clear he works hard to make sure he dominates everything we cover. He is a fantastic student and person.
Melissa Baseman – Melissa is picking up English incredibly quickly, but last September she did not know many of our mathematical terms and definitions so she had to learn their mathematical meanings as well as their English meanings all at the same time. She worked tirelessly to master the material, often scheduling extra help with me to review concepts. Her understanding seemed to get better and better over the course of the fall, and she is now a frequent contributor to class discussion.
Caroline Forman – Caroline has made a commitment to being her absolute best as a math student. Always engaged in class, Caroline leads her class by volunteering often and asking insightful questions. She has performed at the highest level on tests and quizzes demonstrating the ability to problem solve and work with accuracy. Caroline has earned this honor with hard work, a positive attitude and relentless determination.
Kate Holmes – Kate was a dedicated student and curious programmer who went above and beyond in App Programming class. She began as a novice programmer but kept pace with some of our most experienced classmates. She also incorporated creative and difficult designs in her Apps and embraced the challenges these designs presented.
Ethan Huang – He had to do more individual work than others to get in the class; thus, he was better prepared and subsequently performed well at the tests as well assignments. On top of that he helped many of his peers as and when sought his knowledge/words.
Avi Kacker – Avi came to class every day fully prepared to engage in the topics at hand. He approach every topic with diligence and care. Avi pushed and challenged himself and his classmates daily for perfection.
Walter Kissane – Walter always adds rich questions and comments to our mathematical discussions. He is always thinking through different possibilities and stretching our thinking. He has adapted well to new mathematical notation and thought processes. Walter comes with an awesome attitude daily!
Aidan McCreary – Aidan has done very well in AP Calculus. He learns material quickly and is able to apply previously learned knowledge well. In class, he is always focused and lending his insights into the material with the rest of the class. He is diligent with his work, and is genuinely interested in learning.
Sofia Michalski – Sofia is an incredibly hard worker. She is always willing to help those around her and when she is confused she is quick to ask clarifying questions. She works hard in and out of the classroom to master the material.
Nikhil Sierros – Nikhil consistently produced exemplary work throughout the fall trimester which displayed both correctness and understanding of the material. In addition to his classwork, Nikhil is always willing to join the classroom conversation whether it be math related or just casual conversation before the start of class. Arguably, Nikhil’s strongest trait is his ability to befriend and welcome anyone in the classroom, helping ease the transition for some of the new students to Williston in our class. For the reasons above, I am proud to nominate Nikhil as my math student of the trimester for Fall 2018.
Brooke Smith – Brooke is an amazingly diligent worker who constantly strives to do her best. She dives into processes to make sure she understands every step and that she is able to recreate those processes independently. She is engaged in class, asking questions herself while supporting others with questions of their own. She is a great role model to show that hard work and patience can pay off! 
James White – I am happy to award the math student of the trimester to James for his consistent hard work, class involvement, and level of accomplishment in the fall trimester. He asks great questions to enhance his understanding and jumps in to help his classmates. I look forward to his continued great work for the rest of the year.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018Spring 2018

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2018

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2018!

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 2018.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Brie Banas – Brie has been a consistently strong leader in the class. She never hesitates to share her ideas with her classmates. Brie has never backed down from any challenging problems and pushes others to keep up with her.
Rider Bishop – Rider did outstanding work in Java this term. His curiosity, dedication, and skill are inspirational. During our final project, Rider and his partner collaborated seamlessly to attack the most challenging aspects of the project with speed and accuracy. Rider has also offered to share his talents as a peer tutor to support the efforts of other coders, a testament to his unselfish and helpful nature!
Gabby Dicomitis – Gabby made remarkable progress over the course of the year, finishing particularly well. She came to class excited and ready to do her best every day. The course challenged her and she embraced the challenge!
Ji Soo Hwang – As a freshman, Ji Soo was a very dedicated and hard working math student. She picked up difficult concepts quite quickly. Ji Soo was always a pleasure to work with in class.
Sophie Little – Sophie is incredibly thorough and thoughtful in her work. She demonstrates a remarkable persistence in her problem-solving and frequently comes to class with a list of prepared questions from the homework. This Spring, students worked on an open-ended data analysis project. Sophie chose to study the patterns in HIV and wealth in countries of the World. She was able to find some interesting associations between her variables and put together an insightful report that was sophisticated yet clear and easy to read. I appreciated her accurate use of statistical methodology and the depth of her analysis. Great work, Sophie!
Alex Marwaha – He brought in his extra knowledge from Physics and Robotics competition experiences into the classroom, completed his work at an exemplary level and then made himself available to his peers by helping them debug their work and bringing them to successful completions. He epitomizes the adage, “Show your mastery of skills by making others do it.”
Joey Nolte – Joey steadily improved over the course of the year in Algebra 2. His attention to detail in T3 was excellent and he grade rose over each trimester, eventually to a high A. His participation in class increased as well as he grew in confidence with his communication skills and his math skills.
Yana Pyryalina – Yana works. Hard. I am a huge fan of her tenacity. BC/Multi is a particularly challenging class, especially as the course develops, and Yana always leaned in to everything we covered. I expect my students to advocate for themselves and Yana smoothly did just that all year, diving into extra help sessions with a singular purpose as well as happily working in small groups. She was a fantastic role model for her classmates. Well done Yana!
Shanet Ramirez – Sahnet has had a remarkable year in Algebra II. She is actively engaged in all aspects of class and she leads her classmates in terms of participation. Everyone in room 24 has learned from Sahnet. Always ready to volunteer an answer or demonstrate her work at the board, Sahnet is a relentless student of algebra. She enjoys bringing multiple concepts together in a problem and she can articulate how she completes a question with confidence. Congratulations Sahnet!
Sabrina Shao – Sabrina has been a strong participant in class all year. She has a strong understanding of the content but also is willing to share her knowledge with the class. She has been seen day in and day out working with classmates through a problem and helping them see her organized thought processes. She doesn’t mind being challenged by the tougher problems and learns even the small details in completing a problem. The positive attitude that she brings each day helps make the class run smoothly.
Tayah Sommer – Tayah came to class everyday ready to learn. She worked incredibly hard out of the classroom to maintain a strong understanding of the material. Tayah has a great spirit and her classmates love working with her.
Steven Wang – Steven is an extraordinary mathematician – a truly gifted scholar. There was little if anything I was able to teach him this year – he already knew all of college level discrete mathematics. That said, he was an unbelievably strong student, missing fewer than five points the entire term on all assignments combined. It was also wonderful to see Steven’s humor start to emerge over the course of the year; he can definitely laugh at himself. I will remember teaching Steven for a long time.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2018

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Winter 2018!

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 Winter 2018.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

A’Shaela Chaires – I am absolutely thrilled with the level of success A’Shaela has reached! As the course became more complex in the last several weeks of the trimester, A’Shaela leaned in even further and ended up totally dominating the last test and trimester assessment! She has continued to work effectively in groups and ask great questions each and every day. Bravo!
Annika Johnson – Annika is a perfect example of hard work and perseverance. She puts in a lot of time to reach her desired level of understanding while keeping detailed notes and showing careful process. Algebra does not come easily for her, but she is determined to learn and her dedication is impressive.
Insoo Kang – Insoo did exemplary work this trimester. His homework, class participation, tests, and project were all completed with enthusiasm. He and his project partner did an outstanding job displaying their solution to a problem that brought together their math skills with their athletic passion.
Artur Lysyuk – I allow my students to showcase their creativity and subject matter mastery in “out of the box” medium as these short video clips illustrate –This was self directed effort not a class assignment and they enjoyed the work and accomplishment. Their individual creativity is displayed. • https://youtu.be/ZorpXk-RKpA — Two Robots playing Toss, Catch, Grab with a Happy face on success– Autonomous Robot programming – by Artur Lysyuk and Michael Zhang. Artur helped Michael in a collaborative and supportive manner to finish this piece of construction and programming challenge.
MK O’Brien – MK is a hard worker and is always willing to help those around her. She has a great attitude and her positivity is contagious.
Abby Seltzer – Abby lights up the classroom for me. She is so involved, so focused, and so funny – a true pleasure to teach. She has great mathematical insight, but she always supplements that natural insight with diligent preparation and enthusiastic participation. She has an irreverent streak that entertains the whole class, and I love having her in Precal.
Daniel Simpson – Daniel has had an incredible trimester in geometry. He is intellectually curious and is determined to understand every aspect of a problem. Always willing to attend an extra help session, Daniel’s attention to detail is exceptional. The entire class has benefitted from Daniel’s outstanding class participation. He has set an example of academic excellence for other students to model. Congratulations Daniel. This is a well earned award!
Jaden Tanguay – Jaden brought an inspiring level of curiosity and creativity to Video Game Programming and Design this term. Jaden regularly pushed himself to learn and apply new concepts on his own and really extended his programming knowledge through his creative designs. His final project game was completely original and incorporated the user interface design, aesthetic, and coding components of a professional
Risa Tapanes – Risa has done impressive work in Topics class this year. She has shown her curiosity and diligence in every endeavor. As a class, we have taken on some unique and sophisticated topics in the field of data science. These topics include advanced concepts in statistics along with statistical programming techniques. Risa asks questions regularly in order to deepen and extend her understanding. She also has gone beyond the requirements of our programming tasks. Although she has many talents in and outside of the math classroom, she is on track to be a strong data scientist should she continue on this path. 
Michelle Tu – Michelle has been a consistently strong Honors Precalculus student this year. She has excellent insight into the material that we have covered thus far. She is consistently focused in class, and determined to learn the concepts well.
Ana Weed – Ana works so diligently both inside and outside of class. She is constantly engaged with individual and group activities. Ana asks the deeper questions that engage with the overarching concepts of the class and is able to apply statistics in many different situations. She performs the mathematics well but also uses proper and thorough notation and processes.
James White – James has put forth a diligent effort on all assignments. He pushes himself and the others around him to understand the material in depth on a daily basis. His determination to do his best has enable him to succeed at the highest level.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2017

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2017!

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 Fall 2017.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Eric Albanese – Eric always comes into Precalculus Honors with a huge smile on his face, with his homework complete, and ready to participate in the discussion. He picks up material easily, but he always supplements that understanding with diligent effort and great preparation. He is such a pleasure to teach, and I so look forward to seeing him each day.
Graham Allardyce – Graham was a dedicated and thoughtful student in Precalculus. He was actively engaged daily at the highest level. His contributions to class supported his and his classmates achievements.
Rachel Goodman – Rachel is always prepared for class and consistently pushes her understanding of the material to the next level. Rachel is quick to help those around her and brings great questions to class.
Kohmei Kadoya – He is a hardworking student who uses the veracross to get ahead, inverts the classroom by asking interesting clarifying questions before helping the peers with their difficulties. Purely for mastery of subject matter based on individual efforts.
Molly Kinstle – Molly has not only mastered the geometry content but she is constantly asking the deeper questions that connects concept together. She is willing to speak in class and help her classmates. She has also inquired about how she can take more maths than her current projection because she wants to excel in the area. She is organized and explains her work with full explanations and notation.
Devon Morgan – Devon brings constant positive energy and enthusiasm into the math classroom. She is always ready to discuss problems, share her work, or help others. She even took it on herself to make a Kahoot for assessment review. Devon is truly thriving in the discussion based geometry classroom.
Jack Phelan – Jack is impressively consistent and thorough in all that he does in TPS. He demonstrates the kind of intellectual curiosity and persistence that leads to high achievement in the field of mathematics. Jack frequently participates in class offering thoughtful insights to our discussions and activities. In his collaboration with classmates, he is collegial and disciplined. Great work, Jack!
Chris Ramirez – Chris has completely leaned into all aspects of class. Even though he has a gift for mathematics, he fully focuses on each topic until he reaches a level of deep understanding. I have also been thrilled to see how well he works with others. He is patient and kind when working with his peers, and clear with both his written and spoken explanations. He hasn’t let up the quality of his presence in class and I’m confident he’d be a fantastic tutor in the Math Resource Center!
Amanda Shen – Amanda has been a consistently hard working AP Calculus student. She always comes to class ready to work. Amanda is genuinely interested in fully understanding the concepts of a problem and not just in finding the answer. She has solid insights into the material and is able to apply her thoughts into understanding new and more complicated material.
Sonia Whitman – Sonia has had a wonderful first trimester in geometry. Her written work is precise, accurate and thorough. Despite outstanding results on all evaluations, I am most impressed with Sonia’s excellent class participation. Always kind and supportive, Sonia has helped her classmates understand with her willingness to volunteer to the most challenging questions. Her deductive reasoning skills are sharp and she is a star when asked to recognize a pattern. Well done, Sonia, and congratulations.
Harrison Winrow – Harrison had an outstanding and notable trimester in my class. He was an exemplary student for the the first part of the trimester; engaging, asking questions, and taking risks with the material. When he broke his leg and had to miss some time because of his surgery I was concerned that he might fall behind and not be able to keep the momentum that he had. Instead, he did not miss a beat! He continued to be a leader in the class!
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Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Fall 2016

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 Fall 2016.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Cao,-AndyAndy Cao – Andy’s in depth thought, attention to detail and willingness to tackle the most difficult problems has made him an excellent Geometry student. He has shown a genuine interest in all of the material. His approach to class has helped push his classmates to excel along side of him.
Cavanaugh,-JuliaJulia Cavanaugh – I chose Julia as my student of the trimester for her work inside and outside of the classroom. Outside of the classroom she is a dedicated student who does her very best every class to prepare herself for our upcoming lesson. During class she is always focused, eager to participate, and extremely willing to help her peers out with their own work. She is a is truly a model student!
Fieldman,-ArvinArvin Fieldman – Many students work hard to find success. Arvin finds success and then some. He is not satiated with even strong understanding of material. He must dominate each topic. His work ethic and abilities have shown through in his careful yet creative group work as well as his ridiculously high and consistent quiz and test scores. Bravo Arvin.
Grabowski,-KyleKyle Grabowski – Kyle had a remarkable first trimester at Williston in geometry. His work is neat, thorough and incredibly accurate. He has a strong natural aptitude for mathematics and he thrives on the most demanding questions given both in class and on tests. On more than one occasion this fall, Kyle was the only student in two sections of geometry to get a challenge question correct. His inductive reasoning skills are impressive! 
Kim,-SimonSimon Kim – Simon has great energy in class everyday. He is always prepared and willing to help those around him. He is quick to answer questions and come up to the board. Simon is an all around great student who raises the bar everyday.
Marion,-SarahSarah Marion – Sarah is one of the most enthusiastic, most energetic students I have ever met. She is always the first student to ask a question; she stays after class to go over any concept she had difficulty with; and she is always prepared for class with her books and homework out in front of her almost as soon as she gets in the room. She has had a ton of success in Topics, mostly because of her diligent, conscientious approach to the material. It has been such a pleasure working with her this year!
Mizobuchi,-SomaSoma Mizobuchi – Soma’s work shows that he has set high standards for his academic performance. His Engineering Notebook is extremely complete and serves as a fine reference for his Engineering Labs and his code development. In writing programs, his code, and its logic, is always well thought-out and his program documentation is outstanding. Congratulations to Soma for a very impressive trimester!
Monaco,-GabbyGabby Monaco – Gabby has taken on a great challenge this year moving into AP Statistics from TPS. She is one of the most persistent students and works very hard to understand difficult concepts. She is not discouraged by setbacks, but resolves to work harder on the next challenge. I am hopeful that, with this continued level of effort, she will make great progress this year and continue to model strong study habits and the kind of determination that leads to success and innovation in the field of statistics.
Record,-GabbyGabby Record – Gabby did an outstanding job this fall in Calculus. She was always prepared and engaged in class. Her positive attitude along with interesting questions brought great energy to the class. I’m looking forward to her continued great work.
Spiegel,-AndrewAndrew Spiegel – Andrew is a talented programmer who accepted the challenge of applying is already significant background and skill to a new context, game design. Rather than executing a safe or simple final project, Andrew pushed himself to attempt a highly challenging game that relies on random room generation. The result was an amazingly polished and enjoyable project that I hope he will continue to build upon!
Thibault,-XavierXavier Thibault – Xavier has been an extremely strong AP Calculus student. He has very good insights into the material which he is always willing to share with the class. He learns material very quickly and is able to apply his knowledge well. He helps keep our class moving forward as he is always willing to participate in our discussions.
Zawacki,-MollyMolly Zawacki – Molly has been a phenomenal addition to our Discrete math course. She has shown leadership in the class, whether it is stepping up to present a hard solution or explaining her thinking to her peers. I can count on Molly to go out on a “mathematical limb” and offer new ideas, even if she is not sure they are correct. Mathematically, she has developed into a beautiful proof writing; creating clear and easy to read explanations for her work. All in all, she has really embraced the core goals of the course; to explore, conjecture and prove.

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2016

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 Spring 2016.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Cuevas,-ElizabethElizabeth Cuevas Lizzie is an outstanding student who not only does well on all of her assignments, from daily homework to trimester assessments, but also encourages her classmates to succeed.  She is constantly helping her peers both inside and outside of the classroom.  She is gifted at explaining her work and ideas to others and often volunteers to do so in class.
DeVos,-NoahNoah Devos – Noah is one of the leaders in our Precalculus class.  He is always actively engaged with the material and asks questions that benefit the entire class.  I can always rely on him to come to class ready to work.  It has been a pleasure working with Noah this year.
Frometa,-JustinJustin Frometa – Justin has been one of the most active participants in AP statistics this year.  He arrives in class with detailed assignments and always has questions prepared.  He models the curiosity and relentless pursuit of knowledge that we all hope to see in our math students.
Ikuku,-EniEni Ikuku – Eni has easily leveraged his previous experience in electronics to expand his knowledge of topics taught in this class. He dedicates himself to understanding the course material and asks intelligent and well though-out questions. He is well prepared for every assignment, every day.
Janocha,-KarenKaren Janocha – Karen has been an able geometry student all year, but this spring her work has just been fantastic.  She has been excelling on proofs involving similarity and right triangles, and she is always the first person to reach out to help other students.  It’s been wonderful seeing her emerge as such a leader in the classroom.
O'Sullivan,-KevinKevin O’Sullivan – Kevin has been a strong student in Precalculus all year long. He learns concepts quickly, and is able to apply his knowledge to new material. In class, he is always willing to lend his insights into the material to help the class keep moving forward.
Okaisabor,-ZoeZoe Okaisabor – Zoe has worked hard all year in Algebra 1. She has gained a confidence in her work that has enabled her to make valuable contributions to the class. She has become an excellent math student through hard work and perseverance.
Ryan,-AlexisAlexis Ryan – Alexis’ work reflects this award.  She “exemplifies the math department’s core values of competence, confidence, and perseverance while helping her classmates realize the relevance and importance of an exceptional mathematical education both for its beauty and for its practical application.” She gets gets excited when she works hard and masters a new concept.  She works tirelessly to help her classmates.  Her skills are very good and she believes in her ability.

Setwipatanachai,-ChaiwatChaitwat Setwipatanachai
– Team exemplifies the dedication, drive, and curiosity necessary to master a programming language. His reasoning is excellent, his attention to detail in his work is of the highest quality, and his contribution to our class discussion is steady, focused, and, at times, appropriately humorous.
Small,-GabbyGabby Small – Every class needs a leader. Gaby Small has led her algebra class from day one this year. She is relentless in her pursuit of learning algebra, always willing to volunteer or to ask the key question that helps everyone understand a concept. With two complete notebooks, Gaby has never settled for anything less than her best. As a senior, her passion for learning has never waivered and she has demonstrated that learning math can be fun.  I am so proud to award Gaby Small my student of the trimester award.

Servin,-MiloMilo Servin
– Milo has shown himself to be a strong critical thinker and problem solver all year.  This trimester all of the pieces to the puzzle have come together for him.  As always, he is the group leader, sharing his quick understanding with his peers, but his depth of clarity has strengthened because he is taking more time to process and problem-solve.  With more effort, focus and detail with his daily work, Milo has supported his ability beautifully which has translated into outstanding work on his assessments of all types.  He has become a more complete mathematician by learning the value of paying attention to precision, the perfect complement to a student who is such a bright mathematical thinker!
Ticknor-Swanson,-CalvinCalvin Ticknor-Swanson – Even though class has become demonstrably harder over the past trimester, Calvin has not stepped off his domination of Calculus. He continues to demolish tests with carefully crafted work that shows, clearly, his complete command of the material. Additionally, he is humble about his abilities and is excited to work with others. I very much hope Calvin continues to take more math courses in college!

Past students of the trimester can be found right here: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016