2007 Colorado Mathematics Awards


AMC 8   |   MATHCOUNTS   |   AMC 10   |   AMC 12   |   AIME   |   USAMO
ARML   | Contest in Modeling   |   Putnam Competition


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Forty-four outstanding mathematics students and 28 teachers from junior and senior high schools and colleges and universities in Colorado were recognized at the 12th annual Colorado Mathematics Awards reception on Tuesday, May 15th, at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver.

Those invited to attend were students—and their parents and teachers—from across the state who had performed well on one or more national or international competitions in mathematics during the 2006–07 school year. More than 140 people attended the gala event.

The ceremony also recognized three outstanding mathematics educators. Ms. Sandra Evans, Campus Middle School, Englewood; and Ms. Cheryl Gillpatrick, Conrad Ball Middle School, Loveland, were the recipients of the Edyth May Sliffe award for outstanding mathematics teaching at the junior high level. In addition, Prof. Lynne Ipina, University of Wyoming, was the recipient of the 2007 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award, presented by Prof. Mike Brilleslyper, Department of Mathematics, U.S. Air Force Academy, and Chair, Rocky Mountain Section, Mathematical Association of America.

Opening remarks were presented by Ms. Angela Howard, Engineer Intern, with the firm of Rothberg, Tamburini, and Winsor, Inc. of Colorado Springs.

Financial contributors were American Mathematics Competitions, CH2M Hill, Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, Rocky Mountain Section, and the Professional Engineers of Colorado. The Jewelryworks of Durango engraved the plaques and medals. Mr. Craig Bannister from the Governor’s Office arranged for signed certificates and letters of congratulation from Governor Bill Ritter.

American Mathematics Contest 8

The AMC 8 is a 40-minute, 25-question multiple choice contest given in school on the Tuesday the week before Thanksgiving. Students in 8th grade and below are eligible. In 2006, 147,000 students from 2,200 schools nationwide participated in the AMC 8. In Colorado, 2,100 Colorado students from 30 schools participated.

Top Colorado Individual Winners (and Coaches)

(1) Benjamin AlpertSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)
(1) Li DingChallenge SchoolDenver(Rich Morrow)
(3) Stephen WhitnahChallenge SchoolDenver(Rich Morrow)

Honorable Mention (and Coaches)

Alexander BlackSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)
Logan BrockPowell MSLittleton(Joelle Hogue)
Brittany EarleChallenge SchoolDenver(Rich Morrow)
William EdmanSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)
Nate FaberConrad Ball MSLoveland(Dana Stoddard)
Chris GuthrieSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)
Tae KimCampus MSGreenwood Vill(Sandra Evans)
Willis KuelthauSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)
Sean KusterCampus MSGreenwood Vill(Sandra Evans)
Connie LiuCampus MSGreenwood Vill(Sandra Evans)
Raymond LuongChallenge SchoolDenver(Rich Morrow)
Margaret MochelChallenge SchoolDenver(Rich Morrow)
Casey RossPeak to Peak CharterLafayette(Breeann Tonnsen)
Mason ShoreyMoore MSArvada(Cheryl Donnel)

Logan Brock was the top student in grade six or below who took the AMC 8 exam.

MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS is an after school program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders which leads to a series of competitions at the school, chapter, state, and national levels. The top 4 students at the state competition represent their state at the national competition. A MATHCOUNTS competition lasts approximately 3 hours and consists of 4 rounds involving a combination of individual and team, written and oral problem solving activities. Nearly 40,000 students from 6,100 schools participated in competitions across the country in 2006–2007, including more than 1,000 students from 159 Colorado schools. The national MATHCOUNTS competition was held in Ft. Worth, Texas May 10–13, 2007.

First Place Colorado Team

Benjamin Alpert, Alexander Black, Chris Guthrie, and Charles Xu, Summit MS, Boulder (Silva Chang, Tom Seibel).

Top Colorado Individual Winners (and Coaches)

Chris GuthrieSummit MSBoulder(Silva Chang, Tom Seibel)
Tae KimCampus MSGreenwood Vill(Sandra Evans)
Connie LiuCampus MSGreenwood Vill(Sandra Evans)
Thomas ScheevelRedlands MSGrand Junction(Cindy Jobe)
David ThomasCherry Creek AcademyEnglewood(Dick Bachmann)

Honorable Mention (and Coaches)

Benjamin AlpertSummit MSBoulder(Silva Chang, Tom Seibel)
Alexander BlackSummit MSBoulder(Silva Chang, Tom Seibel)
Logan BrockPowell MSLittleton(Joelle Hogue)
Neal UrlockerPreston JHSFort Collins(Martha Cranor)
Stephen WhitnahChallenge SchoolDenver(Rich Morrow)

American Mathematics Contest 10

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are two 75-minute, 25-question multiple choice tests with approximately 12 common problems between them. Students in grades 10 and below are eligible for the AMC 10; students in grades 12 and below are eligible for the AMC 12. The contests are given on the Tuesday before the President’s Day holiday. In 2007 approximately 225,000 students from more than 4,000 schools nationwide participated in the AMC 10 and AMC 12. Approximately 1,800 Colorado students from 50 schools participated.

Top Colorado Individual Winners (and Coaches)

(1) Charlie StoddardSteamboat Springs HSSteamboat Springs(Mike Knezevich)
(2) Benjamin AlpertSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)
(3) Amber VerserThompson Valley HSLoveland(Bryan Eisele)

Honorable Mention (and Coaches)

Albert BrownFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Li DingChallenge SchoolDenver(Rich Morrow)
Margaret KoehlerLewis-Palmer HSMonument(Kathy Thirkell)
Victor LiFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Michael MortonRangely HSRangely(David Walck)
Shuli SongClassical AcademyColo Springs(Alan Versaw)
Charles XuSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)

Benjamin Alpert was the top student in grade eight or below who took the AMC 10 exam.

American Mathematics Contest 12

First Place Colorado Team (and Coach)

Hannah Alpert, Marshall Carpenter, Thomas Davids, Fairview High School, Boulder (Del Ebadi).

Top Colorado Individual Winners (and Coaches)

(1) Sam ElderPoudre HSFort Collins(Jeff Davis)
(2) Marshall CarpenterFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
(3) Bradley WuCherry Creek HSEnglewood(Michael Berndt)

Honorable Mention (and Coaches)

Hannah AlpertFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Thomas DavidsFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Benjamin KurtzWheat Ridge HSWheat Ridge(Janet Miller)
Victor LiFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Jesse MorseGeorge Washington HSDenver(Stephen Lacks)
Michael MortonRangely HSRangely(David Walck)
Jirui QinFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Amber VerserThompson Valley HSLoveland(Bryan Eisele)

Amber Verser was the top student in grade 10 or below who took the AMC 12. exam.

American Invitational
Mathematics Examination

The American Invitational Mathematics Examination is a 3-hour, 15-question examination with each answer a 3-digit number. Administered in school 6 weeks after the AMC 10 and 12 exams to students achieving Honor Roll status on the AMC 10 or 12 exams. In 2007, approximately 8,400 students nationwide qualified for the AIME. There were 84 Honor Roll students from Colorado.

USA Mathematical Olympiad

The USA Math Olympiad is a 9-hour, 6-question essay examination given in school 5 weeks after the AIME to the top 375 students participating in the AMC 10 and 12 exams and the AIME. The top 6 USAMO students comprise the team that represents the USA at the International Mathematical Olympiad held in July. This year’s IMO will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Eight students from Colorado qualified to write the 2007 USAMO on April 24–25.

Qualifying Students for the USAMO (and Coaches)

Hannah AlpertFairview HSBoulder (Del Ebadi)
Marshall CarpenterFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Thomas DavidsFairview HSBoulder(Del Ebadi)
Sam ElderPoudre HSFort Collins (Jeff Davis)
Charlie StoddardSteamboat Springs HSSteamboat Springs (Carole Buelter)
Amber VerserThompson Valley HSLoveland(Bryan Eisele)
Bradley WuCherry Creek HSEnglewood(Michael Berndt)
Charles XuSummit MSBoulder(Ingrid Fotino)

American Regions Mathematics League

In 2006, 1700 students from four countries and 32 states formed 115 fifteen-member teams to compete at the national ARML competition. The Colorado team won first place in the B Division, ahead of 80 other teams. Coaches: Silva Chang and Bradley Alpert.

Colorado ARML Team—First Place

Hannah AlpertFairview HSBoulder  
Marshall CarpenterFairview HSBoulder 
Thomas DavidsFairview HSBoulder 
Sam ElderPoudre HSFort Collins  
Samuel GallerBoulder HSBoulder  
Benjamin KurtzWheat Ridge HSWheat Ridge 
Victor LiFairview HSBoulder 
Jesse MorseGeorge Washington HSDenver 
Michael MortonRangely HSRangely 
Charlie StoddardSteamboat Springs HSSteamboat Springs  
Amber VerserThompson Valley HSLoveland 
Kyle WolmaD'Evelyn Jr-Sr HSDenver 
Norris XuFairview HSBoulder 

Mathematical Contest in Modeling

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling is a team contest for undergraduates. The Mathematical Association of America is one of the sponsoring organizations. A team of three students works in mid-February from midnight on a Thursday until 5 p.m. the following Monday, using applied mathematics to solve their choice of one of three real-world problems. In 2007, solutions were submitted by 949 teams from 12 countries. In Colorado, eight teams from four colleges and universities participated.

Top Colorado Team (and Coach)
Meritorious Ranking—Ben Fusaro Award Winner

Benjamin Barrow, Andrew Glugla, and John Shelton, University of Colorado–Boulder (Prof. Mike Ritzwoller)

William Lowell Putnam
Mathematical Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a collegiate examination sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. It is a 6-hour, 12-question essay examination given on campus on the first Saturday in December. All undergraduates are eligible. In 2006 over 3,500 students from 500 institutions participated nationwide. Students from 10 Colorado colleges and universities participated.

Top Colorado Individual Winners (and Coaches)

(1) Ben JoerisColorado State UniversityFort Collins(Prof. Justin Sawon)
(2) Andrew ScaccoUniversity of ColoradoBoulder(Prof. Gordon Brown)
(3) Jared AhrendsenUniversity of ColoradoBoulder(Prof. Gordon Brown)


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