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Byram Hills High School Welcomes 62 New Members of Mathematics Honor Society

Byram Hills High School inducted 62 students into the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, which encourages the continued pursuit of mathematics and service to others.

Byram Hills High School inducted 62 students into the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, which encourages the continued pursuit of mathematics and service to others.

Byram Hills Mathematics Chairperson Lisa Pellegrino welcomed students, families and guestsMain Address to an induction ceremony at the high school on April 26. “Congratulations to all of the students and welcome to Mu Alpha Theta,” she said.

Ms. Pellegrino thanked the inductees’ parents and family members.
“Without your support and your encouragement of the pursuit of mathematics, we would not be here today,” she said. “Please continue to support that mathematical inquiry at home and encourage your children to pursue the love and passion that they have for mathematics.”

Mu Alpha Theta, founded in 1957, is the national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society. The Byram Hills chapter is among about 1,800 across the United States and abroad.

For membership in the Byram Hills chapter, students need a 3.8 GPA in their core math classes and must perform 10 hours of community service. At least half of the hours need to be devoted to the honor society’s activities like puzzle day and helping students at H.C. Crittenden Middle School with math homework.

At the induction ceremony, Ms. Pellegrino recognized the Byram Hills chapter’s officers, Julia Lucchino, president; Arianna Tabankin, vice president; and Jake Goldman, treasurer; who spoke about the history of Mu Alpha Theta and the origins of mathematics, and the co-secretaries, Samatha Glusky, Arielle Goldman and Jane Zeltner. The senior officers also shared their experiences with math at Byram Hills.

In her sophomore year, Julia recalled that concepts weren’t coming easily to her and she thought about dropping down to a different class. She is glad she didn’t, because in 11th grade, everything began to click. 

With Ms. Pellegrino as her teacher, Julia said, it was the “first time in a math class where I was actually encouraged to try and fail, and I learned that mistakes are an important part of the learning process. This concept has helped me in all of my classes and so has math.”

Samantha expressed her appreciation for the circle, which has no start or end, and all of its uses in math and everyday life. 

Handshakes“Life would be very different without circles,” she said. “None of the planets would exist in a circular shape, there’d be no movement of wheels, cars or bicycles on the road. Clocks, coins, dishes and even pizza would look different without circles.”

She continued: “Although my time in math at Byram Hills is coming to an end, because of circles, I know I will take my knowledge, experiences in high school and in Mu Alpha Theta and continue my journey along the circle, but never let it end.” 

After the students spoke, the inductees were each recognized with a certificate and a blue and gold Mu Alpha Theta tassel.

The new members of the Byram Hills chapter of Mu Alpha Theta are: Aidan Aldea-Lustig, Ayaka Ammon, Lily Anchin, Drew Anikstein, Oscar Bachmann, Sydney Black, Connor Boekel, Gwyneth Brown, Samara Brown, Calvin Cai, Allison Cooper, Olivia Corpina, Benjamin Curley, Rohini Das, Gemma Dean, Katherine DeGeorges, Gregory Dekker, Abby Eickelbeck, Jacob Fenster, Amy Gagliardi, Samantha Gershuny, Emma Goldenberg, Zachary Goldman, Jesse Goldstein, Jack Herman, Lily Hirsch, Nathan Ilany, Charlie Jacobs, Alex Kahn, Sophia Kahn, Dale Kaiser, Adin Kersh, Zermina Khan, Ethan Kimmel, Jake Klein, Jessica Lammers, Aaron Lestz, Grace Lin, Jonathan Manowitz, Alexandra Meltzer, Brooke Mozarsky, Daniel Ndocaj, Amanda Nepo, Vienna Ouyang-Christiansen, Joseph Palackal, Gregory Parent, Jonathan Parent, Zachary Pero, Lauren Quintiere, Rick Rosenthal, Isabelle Sampere, Samantha Schaevitz, Casey Schreck, Jason Selkin, Sydni Shamus, Max Shayegani, Greg Shrayer, Wes Siege, Sarah Tillinger, Sander Versteele, Aidan Weiss and Magdalena Whelley.