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Sivakumar Places First in Math Talent Search

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Thursday May 18, 2017

Ragulan Sivakumar, a freshman at South Burlington High School (SBHS), placed first in the 24th Annual Mathematics Talent Search sponsored by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition.

The event, which began in 1993, covers topics including arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and pre-calculus. Sivakumar who placed fifth last year and tenth in 2015 as a seventh grader, was honored at the Coalition’s ceremony held in early May at the Sheraton, where parents and teachers were on hand to hear St. Michael’s College mathematics professor George Ashline, who fascinated the audience with his stories about Pythagoras, and praised the student winners in his remarks. Jean McKenny, Coalition director, presented Sivakumar with a Casio hand-held color graphing calculator. Fellow SBHS student, sophomore Kailey Yang, placed in the top ten of the competition for the second year.

According to SBHS faculty member Jean Ohlson, who coaches the school math league team, both Sivakumar and Yang will be a part of the team representing Vermont in the annual American Region Mathematics League competition at Penn State University June 2 and 3. In addition, winners of the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition may attend, tuition-free, the 2017 Governor’s Institute in Mathematical Sciences to be held in June at the University of Vermont.

Any talented math student is encouraged to try next fall’s first test. For more information, visit the Coalition’s website at www.vtmathcoalition.org.