BENNINGTON -- A Mount Anthony Union High School student has been awarded first prize in the region in the 57th annual High School Prize Examination in Mathematics, which was held earlier this spring at the University of Vermont.

Senior Matthew Kozierok will receive his award at the official presentation ceremony on Tuesday, May 20, at UVM. He will be accompanied by his parents and MAUHS math teacher Katy Schonbeck.

"The test presents an extremely challenging set of problems to be solved without calculators," said Schonbeck, "Most students finish fewer than half the problems. We are extremely proud of Matt’s achievement."

Bennington County featured several other high scoring "mathletes," including Burr & Burton Academy’s Weiyun Hua, who finished 8th overall in the state, and Burr & Burton’s Zhongmin Xie, who finished second in the regional competition, behind Kozierok. The top scorer from Arlington Memorial High School was Brandon Gamble, and the top scorer from the Long Trail School in Dorset was Mengyu Zhang.

The examination is conducted by UVM’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics every year, and is designed to identify and reward high school students who display exceptional ability in math. May 20th has been designated "Math Day," as part of national "Math Week," which is aimed at raising public awareness.

In addition to his recognition by UVM, Kozierok was invited by the Mathematics Association of America to take part in its prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Examination for the third year in a row. The AIME is a 15-question, three-hour test. No calculators are allowed. One point is awarded for each correct answer, and none are removed for wrong answers, meaning that possible scores range from 0-15 points. In recent years, students’ average scores have typically been around three points.

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