Ragulan Sivakumar

Ragulan Sivakumar

For the third consecutive year, South Burlington High School junior Ragulan Sivakumar placed first in the 26th Annual Mathematics Talent Search sponsored by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition.  

Coalition director Jean McKenny presented Ragulan with a cash award in a May 2 ceremony and dinner at the DoubleTree Emerald Ballroom, witnessed by parents, teachers and Coalition members. Winooski High School mathematics teacher Luke Dorfman praised the student winners in his remarks. Other winners also received cash awards or Texas Instruments handheld graphing calculators or Texas Instruments software.  

Ragulan placed fifth in 2016 as an eighth-grader and tenth in 2015 as a seventh-grader.

Another South Burlington High School student, freshman Sriram Sethuraman. also placed in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. This is the third year that Sriram has entered the Talent Search.

Vergennes Union High School junior Kai Williams was the second prize winner for the second year in a row. Jeremy Brennan, a senior at Essex High School, was the third prize winner, placing fourth last year.

Other winners in order of their placement were Ellery Stahler, a sophomore at Burr and Burton Academy; Eric Lu, a sophomore at Essex High School; Daniel Ellison, a senior at Mt. Mansfield Union High School;  Nathan Wu and Henry Wu, juniors at Essex High School; and Alexander Townsend, a senior at Windsor High School. 

The winners are all invited to be a part of the team representing Vermont in the annual  American Region Mathematics League competition at Penn State University on May 31-June 1 and to attend, tuition-free, the 2019 Kenneth I Gross and Anthony Trono Governor’s Institute on Mathematical Sciences to be held at the University of Vermont June 23-28.

Further information on the Talent Search can be found on the Coalition’s website, www.vtmathcoalition.org.  Kiran MacCormick, Mississiquoi Valley Union High School faculty member, and Evan Dummit, post-doctoral associate, Arizona State University, prepared the problems this year.  Any talented math student is encouraged to try next fall’s first test.   

For further information contact Bob Chaffee, executive director, Vermont State Mathematics Coalition, 119 Hawthorn Drive, Apt. 203, Shelburne, VT 05482, telephone (802) 598-2629

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