Seaford High School sophomore Henry Cheung was among 79 students who were named Long Island Scholars of Mathematics by the SUNY College at Old Westbury’s Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students.
The 79 scholars were selected from 700 of the top-ranking students nominated from Long Island school districts. They are considered among the top one-tenth percent in math of all students on Long Island for their grade level.
“Henry is a very bright, well-rounded student who will undoubtedly make his mark through various achievements during his years at Seaford High School,” said Principal Scott Bersin. “We are very proud of him.”
As a Math Scholar, Cheung is spending 60 hours in Saturday morning classes studying mathematical concepts in algebra, geometry, discrete math and number theory while working on a variety of creative problem-solving skills and strategies. According to Institute representatives, many of its graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards including Intel and Siemens awards in math, science or technology.
“I didn’t know what to expect from the program at first,” Cheung said, “but it’s been very interesting and entertaining. It’s different from regular math class because it really challenges you to think and problem-solve.”
Although he enjoys math, Cheung excels in all his academic subjects and takes a full course load of accelerated classes. He also plays saxophone in the high school band, and is a member of National Art Honor Society, Model Congress, Mathletes, Film Club and Key Club.