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Students Are Winners on the UVM Math Exam

SJA again led the state on the UVM Annual Prize Math Examination. Academy math students received the top-two Vermont Region 2 scores on the UVM High School Prize Math Examination; First Prize was awarded to Seongmin Choo '17 (second year in a row); Second Prize was awarded to Sihan Dong '19. Harper Wallace '17 and Hanzhang tied for 6th place in the state overall (earning them a cash prize) and were the top-scoring students in the school. Nineteen students from the Academy, the highest number for a high school in Vermont, were awarded Certificates of Merit, recognizing their ranking in the top-ten percent of all students from across the state that took the test. They were: Seongmin Choo '17 from Korea, Sihan Dong '19 from China, Jiaxin Du '19 from China, Ziqi Gong '18 from China, Zhiying Guan '19 from China, Matthew Hunton '18 from Lyme, New Hampshire, Dali Kapanadze '18 from Ukraine, Yichen Lu '18 from China, Michal Miller '17 from Pittsburgh, Pennsyslvania, Lintaro Miyashin '17 from Japan, Fiona Sweeney '19 from Piermont, New Hampshire, Kamila Uranayeva '18 from Kazakhstan, Harper Wallace, '17 from Lyme, New Hampshire, Jiayue Wang '19 from China, Zeou Wei '19 from China, Jiaming Wu '19 from China, Victor Xie '18 from China, Hanzhang Yu '19 from China, and Junjie Zhang '17 from China.

The following students will be honored at the annual Math Day awards luncheon hosted by the UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics on May 16: Seongmin Choo '17 for First Prize, Region 2; Sihan Dong '19 for Second Prize, Region 2 and Hanzhang Yu and Harper Wallace for 6th place in the state overall.

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.

Sharon Fadden, Chair of the SJA Mathematics Department, said, "Many of these students have worked together on a weekly basis through our math club to prepare for this examination. All of the students have been given many opportunities to balance problem solving with mastery of computation in both our math club and our math classrooms. I am very proud of their success again this year!"

Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "Under Sharon's leadership, our math department has gained international notoriety, and we are pleased to see a mixture of international and local students excelling at the highest levels here by working together. For so many reasons, I am proud of what these students have accomplished!"

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