The Judges awarded honors to the following individuals:
For the first time in the thirty-two year history of the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, a middle school girl earned first prize in the competition.
Sara Gao, grade 8, from Campus Middle School in Englewood was one of four first prize winners of the April 24 competition that brought 328 middle and high school students from throughout Colorado and from an Alabama school to UCCS. She became the first female to earn first prize. Award winners were announced at a May 1 ceremony.Other first prize winners were:
• Hongyi Chen, grade 9, Altona Middle School, Longmont
• Rodion Kosmin, grade 12, Castle View High School, Castle Rock. Kosmin is visiting from Ukraine.
• Avi Swartz, grade 10, Cherry Creek High School, Englewood
First prize winners will receive a gold medal, a $500 scholarship to attend any accredited U.S. university, a UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship, “The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden” by Alexander Soifer, a Casio graphing calculator, and a Wolfram Research software Mathematica. “Middle school girls and boys have never before achieved so much,” Alexander Soifer, professor, Interdepartmental Studies and CMO director, said. “They competed as equals among the senior high students. This is unprecedented and shows their potential in the years ahead.”
Students from Colorado cities of Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver, Englewood, Greeley, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Longmont, Monument, Parachute, Superior, and Rangely participated. The competition also drew contestants from Alabama School of Mathematics and Sciences, Mobile, Ala.
The students were offered five problems and four hours to solve them and present complete essay-type solutions.
Second prize winners were:
• Anjalie Kini, grade 8, Challenge School, Greenwood Village
• Andrea Lin, grade 9, Fairview High School, Boulder
• William Shand, grade 11, Discovery Canyon Campus, Colorado Springs
Second prize winners will receive a silver medal, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship, “The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: From the Mountains of Colorado to the Peaks of Mathematics” by Alexander Soifer, a Casio graphing calculator, and a Wolfram Research software Mathematica.
The third prize winner was:
• Amy Wang, grade 10, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs
She will receive a bronze medal, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship; a book from Springer Academic Publishing, a Casio graphing calculator, and a Wolfram Research software Mathematica.
• Abbie Hill, grade 8, Aurora Quest K-8, Aurora
She received a puzzle invented by Erno Rubik, the book “A New Kind of Science,” by Stephen Wolfram, a Casio graphing calculator and Wolfram Research software Mathematica.