Math Olympiad approaching, award ceremony guests named

2017 Colorado Mathematical Olympiad first place winners

Elected officials will join leaders from UCCS, school districts and businesses to honor the award winners of the 35th Colorado Mathematical Olympiad on the UCCS campus. The awards ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. May 4 in Berger Hall.

An estimated 400 middle and high school students from around the state will meet for the competition April 27. The event is the largest essay-type mathematical competition in the United States with participants competing against one another. Suggested participation levels are grades 6 through 12, though no student is excluded. Registration is free and can be completed online. There is no limit on the number of schools or students who may participate.

Wolfram Research, Springer Publishing and the UCCS Chancellor’s Office provides prizes and scholarships. UCCS will offer gold, silver and bronze medalists a scholarship. Other prizes include math software and books written by Alexander Soifer, CMO and professor, Interdepartmental Studies. He will present the awards along with the guest speakers for the ceremony:

  • Kyle Hybl, regent, University of Colorado
  • Venkat Reddy, chancellor, UCCS
  • Tom Christensen, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, UCCS
  • Richard Skorman, president, Colorado Springs City Council
  • Andy Merritt, state director, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner
  • David Sawtelle, education specialist & K-12 mathematics facilitator, Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Clark Maxon, director of curriculum and instruction, Academy School District 20
  • Greg Hoffman, director of human resources, Intermap Technologies
  • Keith C. Mitchell, executive director, Empowerment Solidarity Network

The Colorado Math Olympiad is supported by Wolfram Research, Mu Alpha Theta, Springer Publishing, the Office of the Chancellor, College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences, Dining and Hospitality, Parking and Transportation, Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy District 20, Greg and Mary Hoffman, Bob and June Ewell, and Alexander Soifer.

For more information about the Math Olympiad, and to view problems from previous years, visit

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