17-year old Mathematician wins Intel Science Talent Search $100K grand prize, blind girl wins 2nd

By on Mar 17, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

A 17-year old mathematician Californian high school student won the $100,000 grand prize of the Intel Science Talent Search, while a blind girl, also 17 years old, grabbed the second place.

(From L-R) Evan O’Dorney, Michelle Hackman
and Matthew Miller

Photo Credit: Intel.com

As reported at Intel’s official website on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Evan O’Dorney, 17, from Danville, California, won the grand prize of $100,000 in the recent Intel Science Talent Search, beating 39 other contestants.

Apparently, O’Dorney won for his mathematical project, wherein he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer, and discovered precisely as to when the faster way would work. He was met by US President Barack Obama in the White House along with other contestants.

Back in July 30, 2010, Evan O’Dorney won the second place in the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad, where the president congratulated him over the phone.

In addition, he also won math game ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathematician?’ for two consecutive years, in 2010 and last January 2011.

Meanwhile, a blind high school student from Great Neck, New York named Michelle Hackman won the second place, bringing home $75,000.

Hackman, 17, who lost her sight when she was eight years old due to detached retina, studied the effect of separating teenagers from their cell phones.

She also launched a rural secondary school in Cambodia, where girls who suffered from gender violence and sex trafficking are now benefiting.

On the third place is an 18-year old high school student named Matthew Miller from Elon, North Carolina, who went home with $50,000, and was invited by President Obama in October last year to be part of the first White House Science Fair.

The continuation of the Top 10 winners received from $20,000 to $40,000, while the remaining 30 contestants had at least $7,500 each.

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