INDIANAPOLIS (May 27, 2008) - Governor Mitch Daniels made a surprise visit to Zionsville Community High School today to announce that senior Samuel Dittmer is "Indiana Mr. Math," the inaugural winner of the annual Hoosier High School Math Award.
Dittmer, the Zionsville Community High School valedictorian, was selected from among 190 candidates by a panel of high school mathematics teachers, university mathematics professors, Department of Education staff, and math professionals. The winners were chosen solely on the basis of academic achievement and test scores. McGraw-Hill Education is providing the winner with a $2,000 academic scholarship.
"It's past time to give our top math and science students at least as much praise and recognition as we have always showered on our athletes. Honestly, Indiana and America's future success is far more dependent on young people like Sam," said Daniels, who will travel to Terre Haute this afternoon to present the Hoosier High School Science Award.
Dittmer is the son of Phil and Janet Dittmer. He plans to attend Brigham Young University.
Selection criteria included SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement scores, awards and prizes earned, and grades in math. Dittmer scored a 800/800 on the SAT II, 5/5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam, and earned no grade lower than an "A" as a student of Zionsville Community High School. He is a multi-year qualifier for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the IUPUI High School Math Contest Champion, Indiana Math Super Bowl Team captain and champion, and he was the American Regions Math League (ARML) National Individual Round Champion in 2006.
The awards were developed with input from the Indiana Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (I-STEM) Network, the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. (HASTI), the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.
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