UCCS names winners of Colorado Math Olympiad Date: 2006-05-02

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. --Winners of the 23rd annual Colorado Mathematical Olympiad at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs were announced April 28.

The 2006 Olympiad brought together 450 middle and high school students from across Colorado. The Olympians were offered five problems and four hours to solve them and present the answers as complete essay-type solutions.

First prize was awarded to Sam Elder, a sophomore from Poudre High School, Fort Collins. He received a gold medal of the Olympiad, a $1,200 scholarship to be used at any certified American university or four-year college, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship for CMO Medalists, CASIO “Super-Calculator” Classpad 300, CASIO Watch, complete set of four books by Alexander Soifer, and Wolfram Research software. Elder’s mathematics teacher, Rita Winski, will receive a Texas Instruments software package. For the first time in the 23-year history of the event, the winner solved completely “The Famous Five” problems of the Olympiad. This is Elder’s first victory.

Second prize was awarded to Hannah Alpert, a junior from Fairview High School, Boulder. She received a silver medal of the Olympiad, a $600 scholarship to be used at any certified American university or four-year college, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor's Scholarship for CMO Medalists, CASIO “Super-Calculator” Classpad 300, CASIO Watch, complete set of four books by Alexander Soifer, and Wolfram Research software.

Third prize was presented to Leonid Ovanesyan, a junior from Smoky Hill High School, Aurora. He received a bronze medal of the Olympiad, a $300 scholarship to be used at any certified American university or four-year college, a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor's Scholarship for CMO Medalists, CASIO “Super-Calculator” Classpad 300, CASIO Watch, complete set of four books by Alexander Soifer, and Wolfram Research software.

Fourth Prize was presented to Daniel Pascua, a sophomore from Liberty High School, Colorado Springs. He received CASIO “Super-Calculator” Classpad 300, CASIO Watch, Wolfram Research software, and a pioneering book “A New Kind of Science” by Steven Wolfram, the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.

Art Award was presented to Emily Giles, a junior from Falcon High School. Literary Award was presented to Tyler Henrie, a sophomore from Sand Creek High School.

First honorable mention contestants received Wolfram Research software. The Second Honorable Mention winners received a CASIO or Texas Instruments scientific calculator. All of the above 72 winners will receive a CASIO software, CD-ROM ClassPad300 Emulation.

*Attached are tables representing the recipients for first and second honorable mentions*

Prizes were donated by CASIO, Inc., Wolfram Research, Inc., Texas Instruments, Inc., Air Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs School District 11, Harrison School District 2, Widefield School District 3, CU-Colorado Springs Chancellor’s Office, CU-Colorado Springs Vice-Chancellors for Academic Affairs, for Administration and Finance, and for Student Success Office, CU-Colorado Springs Bookstore, City of Colorado Springs, Sanborn Corporation, Jon & Susan Godla, Anthony & Tori Paniogue, Winston & Janelle Howe, and the Judges of the Olympiad Matt Ewell, Carter Budwell, and Alexander Soifer.

Since 1984, over 15,000 students have participated in the Colorado Math Olympiad. They have written over 81,000 essays and were awarded some $218,000 in prizes. The Olympiad is a unique joint effort of school districts, schools, institutions of higher education, business community, and local and state governments. The Twenty-Fourth Annual Colorado Mathematical Olympiad is scheduled for April 20. For details visit www.uccs.edu/~asoifer/olympiad.html or send e-mail to Alex Soifer at asoifer@uccs.edu

UCCS, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 18 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,800 students annually. For more information, visit http://www.uccs.edu.


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