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Two Academy Students Win in Math Prize for Girls Competition
December 3, 2009
Exeter, NH (December 3, 2009)—Two students from Phillips Exeter Academy earned second and fifth place last month in the first Math Prize for Girls, sponsored by the Advantage Testing Foundation. They were among nine top performers who collectively won $23,000 in prize money, representing the world's largest math award exclusively for young women in high school.
Shijie "Joy" Zheng, an upper from Shoreline, WA, tied with two other young women for second place, each winning $6,000. Upper Adisa Kruayatidee, a resident of Exeter, NH, earned fifth place and won $1,000. Upper In Young Cho, of Seoul, Korea, was among 11 other competitors who tied for 13th place and received honorable mention; and Harini Kannan, a lower from Cupertino, CA, was among 15 female competitors who tied for 52nd place.
To qualify for the competition, all girls had to have taken at least one of the exams given by the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) earlier in 2009. Across the nation, 220 high school girls participated in the competition, which was held in New York City. The exam consisted of 20 complex problems covering algebra, geometry, trigonometry, combinatorics and number theory.
The Advantage Testing Foundation is the public service arm of Advantage Testing, a private tutorial service dedicated to academic rigor, long-term educational development, and the proposition that tests are powerful vehicles for learning. Arun Alagappan, president of the Advantage Testing Foundation and founder of the competition, hopes the Math Prize for Girls generates far-reaching benefits beyond inspiring female students to pursue degrees in higher mathematics. "The U.S. continues to rank among the lowest of developed nations on international student assessments in math and science. If (we) are to keep pace with the rest of the world, we must dispel this absurd, dismaying stereotype that girls have less to do with math than boys," says Alagappan.
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