Southeast Michigan students sweep top prizes at Kettering University Math Olympiad

Students at Detroit Country Day won the most honors at the 11th Annual Kettering University Mathematics Olympiad, a prestigious regional competition designed to encourage students with interests and abilities in mathematics. David Lu from Bloomfield Hills, a student at Detroit Country Day, took first place honors.¬† He will be awarded a full-tuition, 4 ¬Ĺ-year scholarship to Kettering, a nationally ranked engineering, mathematics, science, and business university in Flint, Mich.¬† Lu won the top scholarship prize and a $1,000 gift certificate to Best Buy.

Second place went to Mayank Patke from Okemos, a student at Okemos High School, who won a full-tuition, 4 ¬Ĺ-year scholarship and a $700 Best Buy gift certificate.

Third prize was awarded to Matthew Bauerle from Fenton, who is homeschooled.¬† He will receive a full-tuition, 4 ¬Ĺ-year scholarship and a $300 Best Buy gift certificate.

Four fourth prizes of a half-tuition, 4 ¬Ĺ-year scholarship and a $100 Best Buy gift certificate were awarded to:
·         Matthew Bagaziniski from Livonia.
·         Kegan Thorrez from Cement City, a student at Hillsdale Academy.
·         Alan Xu from Ypsilanti, who attends Detroit Country Day.
·         Aaron Zeng from Novi, who attends Detroit Country Day.

ll scholarships will be awarded upon admission to Kettering University.  In all, 120 high school students took the exam at Kettering on Saturday, Dec. 3.  The examination is designed for students in grades nine through twelve, however any student working toward a high school diploma who is currently enrolled in a public school, private school or a home-school program can sit for the exam.

The competition consists of six challenging problems.¬† There is a four-hour time limit.¬† Kettering Mathematics faculty members Ada Cheng, Ruben Hayrapetyan, Matthew O‚ÄĚToole, Joe Salacuse ¬†and Daniela Sztmari-Voicu organize and run the annual competition.

For more on Kettering’s Mathematics Olympiad, including examination questions and solutions, and previous winners, visit: http://paws.kettering.edu/~acheng/Olympiad/

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