OBHS Student gets 2nd Place at Long Island Math Fair
Oyster Bay High School junior Jason Hom set a milestone for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District when he took second place in his group at the 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair, Nassau County Preliminary, at Hofstra University, March 9.
Jason presented his research on the “Trachtenberg Speed System of Mathematics,” a quick method of calculating mathematical problems. Because of his placement, Jason will be advancing to the finals on April 20, which will also take place at Hofstra University.
This is the first time an Oyster Bay High School student placed in this competition, which brought together contestants from 36 middle and high schools across the county. Jason’s mentor in his work was math teacher Ms. Amy Michalopoulos, whose role was to guide him in his research, hypothesis and presentation.
“When we started this process his goal was to make it to the final round and to place with a medal,” Ms. Michalopoulos said. “Jason worked hard after school and on the weekends, adding research and preparation to his already loaded schedule of six Advanced Placement (AP) classes and symphonic and jazz band. He is an amazing young man and never gives anything but his best. I cannot wait to see what he does in the finals! I am already so proud of him!”
Jason said he first found out about the competition online and was eager to participate. “The competition was a little nerve-wracking but it felt great when I found out I placed and would be moving onto the finals,” he said.
“Jason Hom is an exceptionally talented student who is passionate about advancing his skills as a
Junior Jason Hom with his mentor, math teacher Ms. Amy Michalopoulos, at the 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair. Jason captured second place, making him the first Oyster Bay High School student to place at the fair. He advances to the finals on April 20.
mathematician,” said Mr. Jack Burke, K-12 Mathematics Supervisor. “By placing in the math fair, he not only set a personal goal, but set a new bar for excellence in mathematics for all Oyster Bay High School students to emulate. I commend the work of his mentor Ms. Michalopoulos and wish him the best of luck as he advances to the finals on April 20.”