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GA Inducts 14 Seniors into Math Honor Society

Germantown Academy is proud to recognize 14 seniors who were inducted in the school's chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society, during a virtual celebration on May 22, 2020. The honorees include: Colby Brundin '20, Kenny Gong '20, Anthony Hu '20, Thomas McDonnell '20, Sabreen Mohammed '20, Caroline Paik '20, Lindsay Putnam '20, Matthew Sandifer '20, Vraj Satashia '20, Matthew Sender '20, Alice Su '20, Kerway Tsai '20, Alex Yan '20, and Tiffany Zhong '20.

"Members of the GA Class of 2020, you are being presented for initiation into Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society," said said Mathematics Department Chair Jason Straub 1760. "It is an honor to be selected for membership in this organization, which has over 2,100 chapters across the United States and in many foreign countries.

"Each of you meets the requirements for membership, including work done with distinction in Germantown Academy’s mathematics program," added Straub. "The principal purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to stimulate a deeper interest in mathematics, and so it is with proud recognition of your skill, creativity, and interest that we welcome you to Mu Alpha Theta."

To be eligible for Mu Alpha Theta, students must be seniors, must meet grade requirements for their honors level mathematics courses as well as an overall GPA requirement, and may not have earned any honors strikes within 12 months of induction.

The guest speaker was Kevin Rader, brother of Upper School Math Teacher and Roberts House Head Allison Rader. Mr. Rader earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and then earned his master’s degree and his PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard University. He is now a Senior Preceptor and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard's Statistics Department, and is a faculty advisor to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective. He teaches many undergraduate classes, including: Biostatistics, Linear Models, and Data Science. His research interests focus on applications in medicine and sports. But perhaps most important of all, he is our very own Ms. Rader’s brother.

Congratulations to all the inductees!