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

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