Locust Valley Middle School eighth grader Kathryn Kilpatrick beat the odds, as she has been selected as a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students.
Each year, approximately 700 students are nominated for inclusion in this competitive program, and Kathryn is one of fewer than 100 students accepted for the 2020-21 school year. According to the institute, students selected are among the top 0.1% of all students in mathematics on Long Island within their grade. Kathryn was chosen after completing a rigorous entrance exam, a review of her report card and the recommendation of her math teacher.
Locust Valley Middle School math teacher Joseph Lee recommended Kathryn for the program and said she is a perfect fit. “Kate is an inquisitive student and a versatile learner. She loves a challenge and is eager to impress,” he said. “She gained great experience this past year, as she challenged herself in our double accelerated honors math course and earned the top score for our school in the American Mathematics Challenge 8.”
Kathryn will have the opportunity to challenge herself even further through the institute’s curriculum, which covers mathematical topics such as algebra, geometry and number theory, as well as problem-solving applied to probability, theory of finite differences and mass point geometry.
The institute explains that “participants develop their ability to use a variety of problem-solving skills and strategies; increase their interest and enthusiasm for problem-solving in mathematics; sharpen their mathematical intuition; acquaint themselves with interesting and important mathematical ideas; and experience the fun, satisfaction and thrill of discovery associated with creative problem-solving.”
Congratulations to Kathryn on this extraordinary achievement!