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Colorado Math Olympiad winners announced by UCCS

Published: May 7, 2014, 12:30 pm, by Carol McGraw

Winners of the  31st annual Colorado Math Olympiad held recently at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs were announced recently during a campus award ceremony.

The Olympiad, attended by  252 middle and high school students from Colorado and the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science,  attended the XXXI Colorado Mathematical Olympiad April 25. Participants were presented five problems and had  four hours to come up with  an essay-type solution. The Colorado Math Olympiad is directed by Alexander Soifer, UCCS professor, Interdepartmental Studies.

Here are the top winners, according to a UCCS email announcement.

First Prize.  Jesse Zhang,  junior, Fairview High School, Boulder. He received  a $1,000 scholarship to attend an accredited American university of his choice, and a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship.

This is the second consecutive victory for Zhang. He won first prize in the 2013 competition.

Second Prize.  Avi Swartz, a freshman, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village. He received  a $500 scholarship to attend the university of his choice, and a $1,000 UCCS Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Third Prize: Shawn Ong,  senior , Douglas County High School, Castle Rock; William Shand,  sophomore, Discovery Canyon High School, Colorado Springs; Jeremy Schiff, sophomore, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village. They received $1,000 UCCS chancellor scholarships.

All the winners also received, two Springs Publishing books including “The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: From the Mountains of Colorado to the Peaks of Mathematics” by Alexander Soifer, and a Casio graphing calculator.