Math Medals for LB Students

Three Long Beach students recently excelled at the Long Island Math Fair, the final round of which was held on April 28 at Hofstra University. High school sophomore Joshua Kapilian and middle school eighth-grader Uma Arengo both earned gold medals, and eighth-grader Maya Arengo was awarded a bronze medal.

According to the Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors, the math fair helps students who have an interest in mathematics explore topics outside the realm of the traditional required mathematics courses.

Joshua prepared a paper that focused on the number of degrees of multiplying a number’s digits to reduce an n-digit to a one-digit number. Maya created a poster board project that linked math and music, and Uma developed a PowerPoint presentation about her studies of irrational numbers.

All three Long Beach students have achieved several honors in mathematics during the 2016-17 school year. Maya and Uma were among a select group of Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics accepted to the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. They both also received awards in the Grade 8 American Mathematics Competition. Joshua has been participating in the Institute of Merit's Math Research Program as a follow-up to his completion of the Institute for Creative Problem Solving program. He was additionally named top winner from Long Beach High School in the American Mathematics Competition.