Academy Math Students Are Regional Winners On UVM Prize Math Examination

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The Academy’s regional winners and Certificate of Merit recipients on the UVM High School Prize Examination are: from left, Minghuan “Noah” Liu, Yi “Julie” Zhu, Nien-Fu “Allen” Hsieh, Seong Min “David” Choo, Zi Jian Song, William Jones, Jingyun “Roderick” Huang, Leyi “Irene” Li, Wesley Clements, Isaac Woods, Alexander Grech IV and Harper Wallace. Other team members include Andrew McFaul, Dahye “Claire” Han, Tiantian “Tina” Wang, Xiaolei “Letitia” Chen and Yaojia “Hugh” Huang.

St. Johnsbury Academy math students earned the top three Vermont regional scores in Region 2 on the University of Vermont High School Prize Math Examination.

First prize was awarded to sophomore Yaojia "Hugh" Huang from China, and second prize was awarded to juniors Zi Jian Song and Jingyun "Roderick" Huang, both from China. Fifteen students from the Academy were awarded Certificates of Merit, recognizing their ranking in the top 10 percent of all students from across the state that took the test. They were: junior Xiaolei "Letitia" Chen, junior Jingyun "Roderick" Huang, sophomore Yaojia "Hugh" Huang, junior Leyi "Irene" Li, senior Minghuan "Noah" Liu, junior Zi Jian Song, junior Tiantian "Tina" Wang and junior Yi "Julie" Zhu, all from China; freshman Seong Min "David" Choo and senior Dahye "Claire" Han, both from Korea; sophomore Nien-Fu "Allen" Hsieh from Taiwan; senior Wesley Clements from Asheville, N.C.; freshman Harper Wallace from Lyme, N.H.; senior Alexander Grech IV of St. Johnsbury; senior Andrew McFaul of Barnet; junior Isaac Woods of St. Johnsbury; and junior William Jones of Waterford. The top-scoring student in the school was sophomore Yaojia "Hugh" Huang. Regional winners will be honored at the annual Math Day awards luncheon hosted by the UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics on May 20.

According to the University of Vermont website, "the High School Prize Examination, administered by members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UVM, is one of the longest running annual high school mathematics contests in the US." The competition consists of forty-one questions encompassing number theory, algebra, and geometry. The questions must be answered without the aid of technology and must be completed in a two-hour time period. A problem from a recent test read: "In a list of the base 4 representations of the decimal integers from 0 to 1023, the digit 3 appears a total of k times. Find k."

Mathematics League contests are a focus of the Academy Math Club, which was established around 1980 by the late Lucille Byrne to promote problem-solving skills in students. Sharon Fadden, chair of the SJA Mathematics Department, said, "All students enjoy the challenges presented and gain insights that may help improve their performance on the UVM Annual Prize Math Examination and American Mathematics Competition."

Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "Lucille Byrne could not have imagined the diverse range of scholars from different countries, towns, and grade levels represented by these award winners -- but I'm sure she would be very proud. What she started has continued to grow under the leadership of Sharon Fadden, and we now enjoy a vibrant 'math culture' here."

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