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June 7, 2007

Local Students Competed In National Mathematics Competition, Co-Hosted By UI

The University of Iowa hosted more than 300 mathematics superstars Saturday, June 2, when the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) held its 32nd annual competition.

The ARML competition, which was held simultaneously on the campuses of Pennsylvania State University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the UI, is a team competition. The math involved is at or beyond the college calculus level.

The UI portion of the competition, held at the Iowa Memorial Union, brought to the campus teams from throughout the Midwest, some from as far away as Kentucky, Texas, Indiana and Michigan.

James Kirpes, a math teacher at Iowa City's West High School and head coach of the Iowa ARML teams, said he was very proud of his students' performances.

"The state of Iowa represented itself very well at this national math competition," Kirpes said. "The six highest-scoring students on the Iowa ARML team are students who attend, or just graduated from, Iowa City West High School."

Students from Iowa City West High included Curie Ahn, Nicholas Allendorf, Vasu Balakrishnan, Jeffrey Chenhall, Tyler Chenhall, Lorelei Coffin, Anton Goupinets, Paul Hlebowitsh, Kathy Ingram, Austin Link, Michael Lipman, Xin Lu, Nate Rehfuss, Young Seol, Gray Thomas, Daniel Wu and Shuo Zhang. Student Shi-Ke Xue, who just completed seventh grade at Northwest Junior High, was also a member of the Iowa ARML team.

Paul Hlebowitsh was awarded the Douglas Baker Memorial Award, given to an ARML participant who possessed "an enthusiasm for the competition, an enjoyment of the social interaction with other students and a love for mathematics." In his nomination, Kirpes noted that each week Hlebowitsh led and challenged a group of dedicated math students to solve world-class mathematics problems.

"For two years, Paul has organized, assembled material, and conducted meetings each week known as F3 -- Fun For Friday," Kirps said. "The zest, enthusiasm and passion that Paul brings to mathematics are incredible to behold."

Hlebowitsh, who graduated last month from West High, will attend MIT in the fall, where he will study mathematics.

The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has sponsored the event at the UI since 1991. For more information, visit:

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WRITER: Jerilyn Fisher