Valdosta Daily Times

May 3, 2014

VSU hosts 19th annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day

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Valdosta State University

VALDOSTA — The 19th annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day was held at Valdosta State University on Wednesday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union.

SK Day is a project that seeks to encourage high school women to pursue the study of mathematics and prepare for possible careers in mathematics related fields.  The event is named in honor of Sonia Kovalevsky, a Russian mathematician and the first women to earn a doctorate in mathematics. 

According to co-directors, Dr. Denise Reid and Dr. Sandy Trowell, this year's SK Day was made possible by the support of the VSU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Publix, CBJ Industries, and the Leona S. Hudson Charitable Foundation, Inc.  Also contributing to the day were the VSU Bookstore, Texas Instruments, Cengage Learning, Pearson Learning, McGraw Hill Education, and Wiley Inc.

The day included three workshops given by Dr. Peggy Moch, Ms. Janice Lowe, and Mr. Wing Lee.  The workshop topics were Cryptography, Answering Life’s Questions with Algebra, and Origami.  Mrs. Alyssa Pate, a pharmacist at Chancy Drugs, was the career speaker for the event.  The day also included a math contest and lunch at Palms Dining Center. 

Eighty-three high school students and teachers from 12 area high schools attended the event. 

Attending from Georgia Christian School were Haley Garrett, Mandy Seasholtz, Tarah Yared, Deven Bordelon, Morgan Sykes, and Laura Smidt. Accompanying the group was Mr. James Lee.  

Attending from Valwood School was Lanier Langdale, Arabi Luke, Amanda Lupo, Allie Maxwell, and Elizabeth Giddens. Accompanying the group was Mrs. Joy Owens. 

Attending from Open Bible Christian School were Kirbi Arnold, Caroline Craven, Sierra Goff, Madison Tew, Rebekah Tew, and Micaela Ward.  Accompanying the girls was Ms. Annalisa McCarty.  Micaela Wood from Open Bible placed second in the contest.  She won a calculator and a $500 scholarship to VSU. 

Attending from Highland Christian School were Payton Allen, Kaleigh Rice, Crista Wells, Kristen Nordin, Taylor Sanders, and Monica Sutton.  Accompanying the girls was Ms. Kelly Pate. 

Attending from Lowndes High School were    Cameron Clement, Megan Daughtrey, Kristen Hooper, Myrna Irizarry, Michelle Prince, and Megan Wood. Accompanying the girls were Mrs. Amy Whitehead and Mrs. Becky Martin.  Mrs. Whitehead had herself attended the event when she was a high school student. 

Attending from Valdosta High School were Eileen Chen, Yatri Thacker, Kenda Blair, and Dimonique Calloway.  Accompanying the girls were Mrs. Laura Brehm and Mrs. Jae Branch. 

Eileen Chen won first place in the competition.  She won a TI-inspire CX calculator as well as a $1,000 scholarship to VSU.