## Student Luran He Knows What Counts

June 19, 2012

Luran He is a 10th grader at Ward Melville High School and for the past few years, an active participant in the Lab’s middle and high school math scholar program, administered by the Museum of Mathematics. The young man recently took the top spot for New York in the American Mathematics Contest 10 (10 refers to 10th grade). He also became the first student in Suffolk County to qualify for the USA Junior Math Olympiad, sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America. The primary purpose of the competitions is to spur interest and strengthen the mathematical capabilities of our nation's youth by recognizing, identifying, and rewarding excellence in mathematics. Luran will be attending math camp at Boston University this summer.

With Ken White, manager of the BNL Office of Educational Programs (standing, left), his parents Agnes (standing, second from right) and Duanfeng (standing, right), sister Yiran (standing, second from left), and middle school math teacher Kevin Sihler (sitting, left), Luran accepted a plaque from BNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology Doon Gibbs for his outstanding accomplishment.

“Luran is obviously a gifted young man and I strongly encourage him to pursue a career in science or math,” said Gibbs.

After the presentation, Gibbs gave a brief overview of the Lab’s history and scientific research and discoveries. Before the guests departed, Gibbs shook the young man’s hand and told him, “Perhaps some day you will become part of the BNL team and help us to continue to make the world a better place through the science that we do.”

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