P.J. Gelinas Junior High School seventh-grader Jacqueline Wu, eighth-graders Nancy Zhong and Julia Zhu, and ninth-grader Leo Takemaru have each been selected as a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics and accepted by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury to pursue mathematics and mathematical science applications.
To qualify, they competed against approximately 600 of the top-ranking students nominated from school districts on Long Island. Selection by the institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of 1 percent in math of all students on Long Island in his or her grade.
The students will spend 60 hours in class over the course of 20 Saturday mornings and on related outside projects. The curriculum will cover various mathematical topics not included in the standard course of study. Many of the institute’s graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards.