Chesapeake Math Program Award for Excellence

Binnie Syril Braunstein
Press Kit Communications • 7504 Labyrinth Road • Baltimore, Maryland 21208
For Immediate release August 12, 2015

Maryland-Based Chesapeake Math Program Announces Winners of the
Chesapeake Math Program Award for Excellence


Columbia, Maryland: Catherine Asaro, Director of the Chesapeake Math Program (CMP), is pleased to announce the winners of the Chesapeake Math Program Award for Excellence. This award honors students who excel in academics, in particular mathematics, demonstrate a strong work ethic, and show strong citizenship.

High School Winner: Justina Yang
Honorable Mention: Erik Metz

Justina Yang is a graduate of Yang Academy and a rising freshman at MIT. Among her numerous awards and activities, she has ranked in the top 2-5% of national programs, qualifying her for invitational contests including the American Invitational Math Exam (AIME), the USA junior Math Olympiad, and the Math Prize for Girls Olympiad. In 2015, she co-captained the Montgomery A1 ARML team, which placed fifth in the Country in A Division at the America Regions Math League (ARML), a tournament known as the “World Series” of math. Justina also placed 62nd in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, qualified for the national round of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, and won a silver medal in the USA Physics Olympiad. As the winner of the CMP Award for Excellence, she received a free membership to the 2015 MAA Mathfest in Washington DC (August 5-8, 2015), where she won an Outstanding Presentation Award in an undergraduate student paper session for her talk “Exploration of a Quantum Mechanical Particle in a Toroid.” Outside of school, Justina enjoys tutoring math and practicing karate, and is known for her kind nature.

IMG_0319Erik Metz is a rising senior at Centennial High School in Howard County. Among his many achievements, he was one of only eleven students in all of Maryland and nearly 300 worldwide who qualified for the senior USA Mathematical Olympiad. His numerous awards include first place at the University of Maryland High School Mathematics Contest, and membership on the first place team in 2014 at the Johns Hopkins Math Tournament. Known for his leadership ability, Erik has been instrumental in the math program at Centennial High School, helping to organize teams for many tournaments.


Middle School Winner: Mira Subramanian
Middle School Winner: Thomas Luo

Dance Mira croppedMira Subramanian was in 8th grade last year and is a rising 9th grader at Kent Denver School in Colorado. A former resident of Montgomery County, she was homeschooled until 8th grade. She has received honors in a diverse range of academics, including the American Math Contests, MathCounts, Science Olympiad, Math Kangaroo, Mathalon, the State GeoBee, and writing. In 8th grade, she was both the youngest and the top CMP geometry and trigonometry student. She has also been an enthusiastic member of the Lumina Studio Theatre drama company for years, engaged in interpretations of classic works by Shakespeare and Dickens. Known for the remarkable diversity of her interests and accomplishments, she is equally at ease with mathematics and dance.


Thomas Luo with award for winning first place in Countdown Round, Carderock Math Tournament.

Thomas Luo with award for winning first place in Countdown Round, Carderock Math Tournament.

Thomas Luo was in 8th grade last year at Burleigh Manor Middle School and is a rising 9th grader at Centennial High School. His love of math and science has led to numerous awards, including a place as a member of the 2014 Maryland team that ranked second place at MathCounts Nationals. As an 8th grade student, he ranked 9th overall out of over 2000 students in the University of Maryland Math Contest, was a member of the Chesapeake ARML team that placed 7th in B Division, captained the award-winning Burleigh Manor Science Bowl team, scored in the top 5% on the American Math Competitions for Twelfth Grade (AMC-12), qualifying for the AIME, and ranked first on the General Test at the Johns Hopkins 2015 High School Math Tournament.


Elementary School winner: Daniel Yuan 
Honorable Mention: Iris Xue 
Honorable Mention: Matthew Casertano

Daniel Yuan was a 5th grade student last year at Glenarden Elementary School and will enter 6th grade at the Greenbelt Middle School this year. Among his many awards—while only in 5th grade—he scored in the top 5% of all students in the world on the AMC-12 and qualified for the AIME. He was the top student in Prince Georges County on the UMD High School Math Contest and placed on the honor roll. At the Montgomery Blair Middle School Math Tournament, he participated with the CMP team, which placed first in Fermat Division, he took first place in both of his individual tests (Algebra and Number Theory), and he placed first overall in Fermat Division. Daniel is also a noted piano student. He was a local winner from the National Piano Guild Auditions from 2012-2014, won the Grand Prix award in the Music-Fest Rising Talents Competition 2015, and was a Third Place Winner in the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2014. He was invited to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall twice in 2015.

Iris Xue is a rising 6th grader in the Magnet Program at Takoma Park Middle School. As a 5th grader, she is already a natural mathematician and has excelled in math programs, including Math Olympiad for middle school students, the AMC-8, and the mathnasiun in Rockville. She achieved the highest Map M score in her school and was one of the top students in the Chesapeake Math Program for gifted and talented middle school students while she was only in 5th grade.

Matthew CasertanoMatthew Casertano is a 10 year-old rising 6th grader in the Takoma Park magnet program. Math comes easily to him; he has been working above grade level throughout his school career. While a fifth grader, he participated in the Montgomery Blair Middle School Math Tournament with the CMP team, which placed first in Fermat Division, and he took 6th overall. He was accepted into Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at 4 years old and Mensa at 5. As a 4th grader, he won a Mensa merit scholarship, which he used towards his CTY classes.


The Chesapeake Math Program offers math and science clubs, classes, and contest opportunities to students in Maryland, D.C., and northern Virginia. They sponsor teams for many programs, both national and local, at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels, and offer small scholarships in math and the sciences.

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