Stratford Academy, Westfield School Place First at MGA Math Olympics

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:18 PM
Categories: Honors/Awards | College of Arts and Sciences | Pressroom | Students


Macon, GA


Students from Stratford Academy in Macon and The Westfield School in Perry captured first-place honors in the 37th annual Math Olympics, sponsored by the Department of Math at Middle Georgia State University. Teams from 13 public and private high schools across Georgia competed in the all-day event on March 17.

The winning teams in the GHSA division were:

• First place, Varsity – Stratford Academy (Macon): Om Sakhalkar, Nischal Bandi, Akshay Ranabhotu, and Shawn Shivdat. Their coach is Bobby Stecher.
• Second place, Varsity – Rockdale Magnet High School (Conyers): Felix Luu, Elijah Cheban, Zarek Syed, and Matthew York. Their coach is Chuck Garner.
• Third place, Varsity – Tattnall Square Academy (Macon): Colleen Molton, Deijun Desai, Perry Hamlin, and Dalton Ford. Their coach is Carolyn Smothers.

• First place, Junior Varsity – Tattnall Square Academy (Macon): Maddie Dozier, Jessica Norwood, Ricky Zhu, and Rebecca Terrill. Their coach is Carolyn Smothers.
• Second place, Junior Varsity — Academy for Classical Education (Macon): Christian Lee, Ethan Choi, Jessica Gu, and Owen Na. Their coach is Robby Jones.
• Third place, Junior Varsity – Crawford County High School (Roberta): Edward Turner, Audrey Dyer, Jorryn Parks, and Chiana Tripp. Their coach is Lauren Johnson.

The winning teams in the GISA division were:

• First place, Varsity – The Westfield School (Perry), Team 1: Hayes Way, Josh Kinnebrew, Branham Culpepper, and Walter Kopacz. Their coach is Craig Howe.
• Second place, Varsity – Soli Deo Gloria Home Education (McDonough): Tommy Dorminy, Elissa Morgan, Jacob Skovran, and David Coppock. Their coach is Ann Dorminy.
• Third place, Varsity – The Westfield School (Perry), Team 2: Eve Hardy, Jolie Martin, Madeline Kinnebrew, and Brianna Corlee. Their coach is Craig Howe.

• First place, Junior Varsity – Soli Deo Gloria Home Education (McDonough): Susie Dorminy, Wesley Morgan, Becky Dorminy, and Davis Bell. Their coach is Ann Dorminy.
• Second place, Junior Varsity – The Westfield School (Perry): Lydia Hardy, Joseph Borque, and Elizabeth Gentry. Their coach is Craig Howe.
• There was not a third place Junior Varsity award.

Individual awards for the highest scores at the varsity level were also presented.

Winners in the GHSA division were Matthew York, Rockdale Magnet High School (Conyers), first place; Nischal Bandi, Stratford Academy (Macon), second place; Om Sakhalkar, Stratford Academy, third place; and Colleen Molton, Tattnall Square Academy (Macon), fourth place.

Winners in the GISA division were Hayes Way, The Westfield School (Perry), first place; Branham Culpepper, The Westfield School, second place; Elissa Morgan, Soli Deo Gloria Home Education, third place; and Jakob Skovran, Soli Deo Gloria Home Education, fourth place.

The Middle Georgia State University Foundation awarded scholarships of $150 to $700 to the Varsity level individual winners.

The top individual scorers at the Junior Varsity level were Jessica Norwood from Tattnall Square Academy (Macon) and Carter Richter from Houston County High School (Warner Robins).

The competition, coordinated by Middle Georgia State University mathematics faculty, included individual exams and team matches.