Alumni Scholarship Winners
Trisha is a Richland, WA native attending Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA. She was inspired by her MATHCOUNTS experience to revive a middle school math competition in her community, spearheading the effort as the Tournament Director. She's also used math to analyze costs and profits and improve her family-run clinic. Her interest in the Fourier transform led her to research pancreatic cancer, and she gave a presentation on her findings at a TEDx event. And she's also a coxwain on the Deerfield Academy crew team! "To take on overwhelming issues, we need to build the conversation from the ground-up, starting with the simplest facts. Math is the greatest arrow in truth's quiver. And we need the truth to win." Trisha will be studying mathematics at Princeton University this fall.
Marie is a Montgomery Blair High School student from Rockville, MD who participated in both the Competition Series and the National Math Club with the Montgomery County Homeschoolers in middle school. She has proven her passion for math education by leading the "Conversations in Math" math circle program, organizing a TEDx event at her school, serving as the school's Math Modeling Club president, volunteering at the KID museum, and even working on her own book about it! She's also proven her own math ability as a semifinalist in the M3 Mathworks Math Modeling Challenge and a winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Maryland's 8th District. "MATHCOUNTS teaches us to be unafraid of tackling problems, and instead motivates us to turn challenges into welcome opportunities for growth. The feeling of being stuck is crucial to experience and teaches us to push on." Marie will study mathematics at the University of Maryland this fall.
Lauren is a Dutch Fork High School student from Irma, SC who is passionate about getting other girls excited about math. As a MATHCOUNTS coach, she has tweaked her teaching methods in a way that has encouraged more girls to join the team. She also founded a Mu Alpha Theta chapter at her school and invited female guest speakers to talk about their STEM careers. In addition, she won the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which allowed her to create and lead the "Girls Go for I.T.," a STEM summer camp for middle school girls. She's also been acknowledged for her breast cancer research as a finalist in the Intel Science and Engineering Fair and the Regeneron Science Talent Search. "I can honestly say my passion for STEM and for outreach to young girls originated from my MATHCOUNTS experience. It sparked my passion for math, and ultimately the rest of my STEM pursuits throughout high school and beyond." Lauren will study mathematics at Harvard University this fall.
Sri Meghana Kopparthi
Meghana is a student at Stanton College Prep in Jacksonville, FL. As a MATHCOUNTS coach, she has been inspired by the artistic talents of her students to take a more creative, collaborative approach to teaching math. She has founded her own nonprofit tutoring business to raise money for her mother's home village in India. She's also a Duval County Teen Court Attorney and won the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for completing 250+ hours of dedicated service in education. “Coaching a MATHCOUNTS team, especially one comprised of students from an arts school which was drastically different from my own STEM-oriented middle school, taught me patience, teamwork and resilience. I have discovered my latent passion for teaching.” Meghana will be studying philosophy and political science at Dartmouth College this fall.