Student Essay Contest: 2019 Results



  • First Place: “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”
    by Liyaan Maskati (Brown University, Providence, RI)
  • Interviewee: Ellie Pavlick (Brown University, Providence, RI)
  • Honorable Mention: “Defying Standards and Stereotypes” by Mominah Subhan (UCLA, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Interviewee: Sharmila Venugopal (UCLA, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Honorable Mention: “Proof: Dr. Hubbard’s Impact Is Continuous” by Ankita Mohapatra (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Interviewee: Diana Hubbard (Brooklyn College (CUNY), Brooklyn, NY)

GRADES 9-12:

  • 1st Place: Same as Grand Prize Winner
  • Honorable Mention: “Related Rate” by Savannah Shoffner (Cienega High School, Vail, AZ)
  • Interviewee: Gretchen Stickney (Cienega High School, Vail, AZ)
  • Honorable Mention: “Grace in Mathematics” by Lara Zeng (Belmont High School, Belmont, MA)
  • Interviewee: Grace Cook (Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ)


  • 1st Place: “My Teacher Makes the Irrational Perfectly Rational” by Farren Stainton (The Sharon Academy, Sharon, VT)
  • Interviewee: Sandy Thorne (The Sharon Academy, Sharon, VT)
  • Honorable Mention“Inspired by a Problem: Mapping the Butterfly Effect” by Roxane Park (Crossroads Academy, Lyme, NH)
  • Interviewee: Sarah Sellke (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN)

AWM and MfA thank the participating schools in the 2019 contest.

Some essays have been modified for posting on the AWM website