Passaic Valley High School Honors Algebra II Students Who Participated in the Annual Stevens Math Olympiad

Passaic Valley High School Honors Algebra II Students Who Participated in the Annual Stevens Math Olympiad

The Stevens Math Olympiad is a free mathematics competition for students in grades 3-12 that entails solving mathematical and logical problems, as well as demonstrating the joy and excitement of mathematics. This year’s Olympiad was held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus in Hoboken, New Jersey. 


Steven’s Math Olympiad is an incredible opportunity for students to sharpen their analytical and thinking skills. This is the first year Passaic Valley High School students participated in the annual Stevens Math Olympiad.  Mrs. Thornton, Algebra II Honors teacher,  presented the opportunity to her Honors Algebra II class and several students expressed and interest.

The Math Olympiad’s goals are to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics, introduce important mathematical concepts to students, strengthen mathematical intuition and creativity and attract bright middle and high school students to Stevens Institute of Technology.

Elizabeth Dubov (10th grader), Betul Koc (10th grader) & Lia Trewhella (9th grader) participated in the Math Olympiads this past Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at Steven’s Institute of Technology.  Accompanied by Mrs. Thornton (Algebra II Honors Teacher), Mrs. Kurtishi (Geometry Honors teacher) & Mrs. Robeson (Calculus Teacher & Steven’s Alumni), the students listened to this years’ featured speaker, John Overdeck. 

John Overdeck is a Silver medalist, 27th International Mathematical Olympiad and co-founder and co-chair, Two Sigma Investments.  With a net worth of 6.1 billion dollars, John Overdeck is the co-founder and co-chair of Two Sigma Investments, LP. He began his career at D.E. Shaw & Co, where he rose to managing director. John subsequently spent two years at Amazon, first serving as vice president and technical assistant to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He went on to lead customer relationship management, directing Amazon’s renowned personalization, community and targeted marketing features and technology.

Following the welcome meeting and keynote speaker, students were escorted into their prospective room assignments to complete their assessments.  Students were offered 15 problems to solve in five divisions: grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10 and grades 11-12.

“In a field where women remain dramatically underrepresented, it is important to encourage our young female scholars to get uncomfortable and step outside of their comfort zones.  I will continue to motivate and encourage my students to participate in years to come and plan on sharing this opportunity with my colleagues and other classes.”  Ennely Thornton, PV Math Teacher, said. 


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