Greenwich Student Spotlight: Michael Kural and Owen Tedford

This has been a banner year for academic achievement by local-area students - and here at Living Greenwich we love to help spread the word of their accomplishments!

Very early in the year, we were honored to bring you the news of Greenwich High School student, Olivia Hallisey, winning the Google Science Fair Grand Prize (and her celebratory appearance on The Colbert Show).

Recently, there have been two more notable academic attainments by ambitious and talented Greenwich High School students that we think are worthy of mention in this new edition of the Living Greenwich Student Spotlight...

The U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad team members Ankan Bhattacharya, Allen Liu, Ashwin Sah, Michael Kural, Yuan Yao, Junyao Peng, and coach Po-Shen Loh. Credit Carnegie Mellon University The U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad team members Ankan Bhattacharya, Allen Liu, Ashwin Sah, Michael Kural, Yuan Yao, Junyao Peng, and coach Po-Shen Loh. Image Credit Carnegie Mellon University

First up is Michael Kural, a graduating member and Salutatorian of the Greenwich High School class of 2016. Michael was one of a six-strong U.S. national team of high school students who just won gold medals for winning first place in the most prestigious competition for high school math problem-solving: the International Math Olympiad.

The annual International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the oldest of the International Science Olympiad competitions, was held in Hong Kong, China this year.  It is a six-problem mathematical olympiad for pre-college students and the content and the problems posed at the IMO ranges from extremely difficult algebra and pre-calculus problems to problems on branches of mathematics not conventionally covered at school and often not at university level either, such as projective and complex geometry, functional equations and well-grounded number theory.

The 6-member U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad Team used the Mathematical Association of America’s Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (held at Carnegie Mellon University) to prepare for the 2016 IMO.

Michael will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall.

The second Living Greenwich Student Spotlight is for Owen Tedford, also a 2016 Greenwich High School graduate and class Salutatorian, who wrote and published a paper on "The Failure of the Confederate En Echelon Attack at Gettysburg" in the Spring 2016 issue of The Concord Review -- and went on to win the publication's coveted 2016 Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize.

Owen Tedford, Winner of The Concord Review's 2016 Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize Owen Tedford, Winner of The Concord Review's 2016 Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize

The Concord Review is “the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic research papers of secondary students,” according to the Review’s website. “The Emerson Prize", states the Concord Review’s website, "is awarded annually to students published in The Concord Review during the previous academic year who have shown outstanding promise in history at the high school level.”

In addition to being one of the top students at Greenwich High, Tedford excelled in a number of extracurricular activities  He was captain of the high school’s ski team, a member of nationally ranked men’s rugby team and the GHS concert orchestra’s principal violist.  Beyond his school involvement, Tedford coached youth football for the North Mianu Bulldogs and worked as a  youth sailing instructor at the Tod’s Point Summer Camp.

Owen will attend Princeton University in the fall.

Please join us in congratulating these incredible Greenwich students!

 

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