Denise Mendez, coordinator of mathematics and elementary science, presented the 2012 Mathematics Awards winners at a recent school board meeting. Mendez said that during the 2011-12 school year, Abington elementary, junior and senior high school students participated and excelled in a variety of county, state, national and international mathematics competitions.
At the elementary and junior high school grade levels, Abington students earned awards in several competitions. These included the Atlantic Pacific Mathematics Competition, the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition, the Pennsylvania Mathematics League, the MathFax Contest, the American Mathematics Contest 12 and the International Mathematical Olympiads.
Abington Junior High School
In the Pennsylvania Mathematics League, the school's grade 7 team placed second and the grade 8 team placed third in Montgomery County.
In the Atlantic Pacific Mathematics Competition, the school's team placed third in the region and received a team plaque. Accepting the award on behalf of the team was the team high-scorer Christopher Dragomir.
In the International Mathematical Olympiad, the hosted two grade 7 teams and one grade 8 team. Each team performed exceptionally well, with the grade 8 team earning the Highest Team Achievement Certificate, which is awarded to teams that performed in the top 20 percent of all teams. In addition, a grade 7 team earned the Meritorious Achievement Certificate, awarded to grade 7 teams that finish in the highest 20 percent.
Forty-one students earned scores in the top 50 percent worldwide — twice as many as last year. Four members earned scores in the top 10 percent worldwide, and earning the Math Olympiad Gold Pin for a score in the top 2 percent of all participants worldwide was Christopher Dragomir. In the American Mathematics Contest 12, ninth-grade student Andy Tran was the top scorer in competition against high school seniors.
Copper Beech Elementary School
In the Pennsylvania Math League, the sixth grade team placed first in Montgomery County and received a plaque.
In the national MathFax competition the third-grade team achieved first place in the state division and received a plaque.
The school had four statewide winners in the MathFax contest.
Lindsay Heinrich earned the fourth-place certificate; and John Heller received the third-place certificate. Miles Miltenberger and Mark McDonough tied to take first place in the state division and earned first-place trophies.
Copper Beech students performed extremely well in the MathFax competition with two students placing for national awards.
Mark McDonough and Miles Miltenberger tied to take the National fourth-place honor.
In the International Mathematical Olympiad, the sixth-grade and fifth-grade teams received Highest Team Achievement Plaques for scoring in the top 10 percent worldwide.
The fifth-grade team also received a Grade 5 Meritorious Award certificate and the fourth-grade team received the High Achievement Award for all teams scoring in the top 20 percent. The fourth-grade team received the Fourth Grade Meritorious Achievement Certificate, awarded to teams that score in the top 20 percent worldwide.
Twelve students scored in the top 2 percent worldwide and earned gold pins. They are: Jabez Ahn, Nevin Baer, Aidan Gales, Madison Manzinger, Michael McDonough, Julian Miltenberger, Dominic Ricciardi, You Bin Roh, Jordan Rosenberg, Philip Thomson, Reece Thomson and Shawn Williams.
Highland Elementary School
In the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition, kindergarten to grade 3 category, the teams of Spencer Armon, Oreck Frazier, Katherine Rogers, and Nathan Willis; Madison Karlin, Lauren Maransky, Grace Stancavage, and Kelly Williams; and Angelina Calderone, Maya Hughes, Kate McCarren, and Kara Wall won honorable mentions.
McKinley Elementary School
In the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition, kindergarten to grade 3 category, Henry Perine won Honorable Mention for his poster.
In the International Mathematical Olympiad, the sixth-grade team received a Certificate of High Achievement – awarded to teams scoring in the second 10 percent of all teams worldwide.
Two students scored in the top 2 percent worldwide and received the Math Olympiad Gold Pin. They are: Jordan Denish and Timothy Gallagher
Overlook Elementary School
In the Mathematical Olympiad, the sixth-grade team received the Highest Team Achievement Plaque - awarded to teams scoring in the highest 10 percent worldwide.
In the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Contest, kindergarten to grade 3 category, Dominic DaSilva, won honorable mention for his poster and Allyson DaSilva won honorable mention in the grade 4 to 6 category.
Roslyn Elementary School
In the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Contest, to kindergarten to grade 3 category, students Ella Gualtieri and Julia Schumacher collaborated and won honorable mention certificates for their poster. Winning the second place award and a monetary prize in the kindergarten to grade 3 was the team of Ian Bolton, Isabella Chesnes, Braeden Harvey, and Valerie Neske. Awarded the first place prize in the kindergarten to grade 3 category for their poster was Jack Bowman and Daniel Jefferys.
Rydal Elementary School
In the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Contest, Rydal students produced 15 winning entries. Awarded the fourth place award and a monetary prize for his poster was Benjamin Hayes. Earning honorable mention in the kindergarten to grade 3 category were: Talitha Cheng Daniel Zahal, Kai Rosenbaum, Audrey Kretschman and Nathaniel Gates. Earning honorable mention certificates in the grade 4 to 6 category were: Annika Kretschman, Joshua Masri, Jacob Weilerstein, Anna Pogrebivsky, Ryann Kolb, Jason Yan, Andrew Garrett, Carter Gates, Lucy Alter, and Micah Cheng. In addition, Carter Gates won a second place prize in the poster competition, which included a plaque and a $100 check.
In the International Mathematical Olympiad, the Rydal sixth-grade team received a Certificate of High Achievement – awarded to teams scoring in the second 10 percent of all teams worldwide. The Rydal fifth-grade team received a Certificate of Meritorious Achievement — awarded to teams scoring in the top 20 percent of all teams worldwide. And two Rydal students finished in the top 2 percent worldwide and received gold pins. They are Micah Cheng and Jason Yan. In addition, Michah Cheng was awarded the Lenchner Medallion for scoring a perfect score, 25 out of 25 in the competition. This award is earned by fewer than 1/5 of 1 percent of all participants worldwide.
Willow Hill Elementary
In the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Contest, in the grade 4 to 6 category, Maya Muogbo and Madison Massey won honorable mention, as did Katherine Flad, Adam Gradess, and Kene Muogbo.
In the International Mathematical Olympiad, Adam Gradess scored in the top 2 percent worldwide and received a Gold Pin.
A number of students in each school – as well as parents – were recognized for the time and effort given to assisting the students as they participated in the various competitions. These include the elementary curriculum specialists, classroom and APEX teachers, principals, team coaches, instructional aides, and the junior high school mathematics department chair.
Recognition of the senior high school winners took place as part of an earlier awards ceremony at the school.
Information and photo courtesy of Byron Goldstein/Abington School District