Student Essay Contest: 2013 Results



  • 1st Place: “Destined to count” by: Joy Otobo, Benue State University, Kaduna, Nigeria (The essay was about Mrs. Mary-Anne Msuur Shior, Makurdi, Nigeria.)
  • Honorable Mention: “More than Research: A Day in the Life of a Biomathematician” by: Anne Talkington, Duke University, Fayetteville, NC (The essay was about Dr. Anita Layton of Duke University.)


  • 1st Place: “Sara Billey: The Most Famous ‘Sara in Math’” by: Rebecca Myers, High Tech High International, San Diego, CA (The essay was about Dr. Sara Billey of the University of Washington.)
  • Honorable Mention: “Amie Wilkinson: Defying Doubts and Pursuing Passions” by: Grace Wu, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA (The essay was about Dr. Amie Wilkinson of the University of Chicago.)
  • Honorable Mention: “The Special Relativity of a Physics Teacher” by: Alexandria Miskho, Kamiakin High School, Kennewick, WA (The essay was about Ms. Jennifer Tillenburg of Kamiakin High School)
  • Honorable Mention: “Mary O’ Halloran: ‘Dear Teacher’” by: Angelique Scheuermann, Lakewood High School, Long Beach, CA (The essay was about Ms. Mary O’Halloran of Lakewood High School.)


  • 1st Place: “A Teacher of Miracles” by: Emmanuel Martinez, Lyford Middle School, Lyford, TX (The essay was about Mrs. Estella Perez of Lyford Middle School.)
  • Honorable Mention: “Play With It!” by: April Liu, John Knox Christian School, Burnaby, BC, Canada (The essay was about Ms. Trena Aukema of John Knox Christian School.)

Some essays have been modified for posting on the AWM website.