US Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 2020

I am excited to announce the Upper School Mathematics Students of the Trimester – Spring 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 Spring 2020.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding mathematics students!

Badou Ba – Badou’s commitment to developing as a programmer came to a fruition this trimester. His work in coding in a new language (his third of this year!) showed considerable growth and understanding. He showed both independence and perseverance as he worked through a wide variety of challenging problems.
Avery Brooks – Avery has just completed one amazing trimester as a student of geometry under the most unique circumstances. As we entered the unknown and sometimes unpredictable world of remote learning, Avery was a role model for her classmates by coming out of her comfort zone and volunteering multiple times each class. Avery’s determination to be her best was evident daily and her consistent effort in and out of class led to her best quiz results of the year. Always engaged, Avery set a positive tone in class and thrived on Zoom. Thank you, Avery, for your leadership and congratulations on this well deserved honor!
William Chalfant – Will struggled with math for the first two trimesters, but thrived in T3. He attended help sessions, lead his peers, and demonstrated a deep understanding of the material. He mentioned that this was his best trimester in math to date and that he is incredibly proud of himself. Will is a hard worker and is incredibly motivated, not to mention kind and fun to have in class.
Abigail Dennin – Abby stepped up on multiple fronts to help drive class during a new and challenge time! She helped create new content, manage groups of students, and go above and beyond during class discussions. She was committed, and poured genuine interest into new types of assignments, thriving independently as well as in teams. He passion for mathematics and rising to the challenge of the times was impressive and noted by everyone in class!
Sage Friedman – Sage has consistently been an excellent contributor in and out of class. Her positive spirit and determination did not fade at all, even with the transition to online learning. She continued asking insightful questions, completed her homework with the same degree of thoroughness, and demonstrated exceptional understanding of concepts. Congratulations Sage!
Sophie Gontow-Calderon – Sophie had a fabulous aspring term in Honors Discrete. Her understanding of the graph theory we studied during the spring term was truly remarkable. Moreover, she always supplements her fantastic mathematical insight with exceptional diligence and effort.
Alex Latkovski – Alex did a remarkable job this year, becoming a serious student. While we learned through zoom this spring, Alex made extra effort to ask questions and participate from a distance. It was a pleasure to work with him throughout the year as he developed and took ownership of his education.
Riley Roche – Riley showed the highest level of commitment to learn new material throughout the trimester. Her determination to challenge herself was unmatched. She never let down. She has my highest praise for not only pressing on during a trying time but succeeding at the highest level.
Abby Schulkind – Abby has been a consistently diligent and hardworking math student all year long. Abby has shown genuine curiosity and enthusiasm for AP Calculus. She always wants to learn more and to fully understand the concepts that we study.
Meryl Sesselberg – Meryl continued her excellent work in Honors Geometry during T3. She is a great, independent worker who was unfazed by online learning. She referred back to previous learning to advance her own knowledge, making great connections and showing detailed explanations.
Liam Shields – During T3 of AP CSP, Liam continued to bring his energy, interest, and enthusiasm to our virtual classes every meeting. He also poured himself into his final coding project and recreated part of one of his favorite classic games: The Legend of Zelda!
Natalie Stott – Despite the challenges faced this trimester, Natalie thrived putting together her most successful trimester this year. Natalie attended every required class, asked questions, and had strong performances on each of the assessments. For these reasons and more I am more then happy to make Natalie my math student of the trimester.

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, Winter 2020

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