Student Essay Contest: 2020 Results



  • First Place: “From Mexico to the World: Dr. Villafuerte’s Mathematical Adventure”
  • by Ximena Mercado Garcia (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Interviewee: Laura Villafuerte Altuzar (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Honorable Mention: “For the Love of (Sharing) Math”
  • by Mary Versa Clemens-Sewall (Dartmouth College)
  • Interviewee: Nadia Lafrenière (Dartmouth College)
  • Honorable Mention: “Cindy Lawrence: Leading a Math Museum & Leaving a Legacy”
  • by Vanessa Sun (Hunter College, CUNY)
  • Interviewee: Cindy Lawrence (National Museum of Mathematics)

GRADES 9-12:

  • 1st Place: Same as Grand Prize Winner
  • Honorable Mention: “Numbers and Expressions that Dance in the Sky and Kiss Your Lips”
  • by Savannah Mercedes Hernandez (Marietta High School)
  • Interviewee: Tynisha Robinson (Marietta City Schools)


  • 1st Place: “Orange Crocs are the New Pocket Protector”
  • by Farren Stainton (Woodstock Union High School and Middle School)
  • Interviewee: Heather Vonada (Woodstock Union High School and Middle School)
  • Honorable Mention“Mapping Climate Change with Math”
  • by Leigh Grace Eggleton (Frances C. Richmond Middle School)
  • Interviewee: Lori Siegel (Climate Interactive)
  • Honorable Mention“Joeanna McPherson: Beyond the Walls of the Classroom”
  • by Maren Irizarry (Pierce School)
  • Interviewee: Joeanna McPherson (Pierce School)

AWM and MfA thank the participating schools in the 2020 contest.

Some essays have been modified for posting on the AWM website