Columbus East High SchoolMath DepartmentAWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Previously, in the Hoosier Academic Super Bowl, our Math team has been:
State Finalist 1994
State Runner Up 1996
State Finalist 1997
State Runner Up 1998
State Runner Up 2003
State - 3rd Place 2006
-State Champion 2000
-State Champion 2002
-State Champion 2004
Math Department Highlights
East students participate in a number of academic competitions each year. Chief among these are Indiana Math League, the AMC – 10 and AMC – 12, Indiana Academic Super Bowl, and the Indiana State Math Contest.
At the Indiana State Math Contest in 2003, Harsha Ranganath, Zubin Olikara, and Nick Krabbenhoeft were designated Scholars on the Comprehensive Test for answering 75% or more of the questions correctly. Zubin Olikara placed first in the State in the contest.
In 2002, Harsha Ranganath, Jaimin Shah, Joe Zenruffinen, and Ready Chi were designated Scholars on the Comprehensive Test. Harsha, Jaimin, and Joe also placed first, second, and third, respectively, at the Franklin College site for this test.
This award is given in honor of Lou Rolfhing, former math teacher and dean at East. The award is presented to the two students who achieve the highest scores on the AMC-10 and AMC-12 exams.
American Math Competitions (AMC)
American High School Math Exam School Winners
AMC 12 - Seth Forster
AMC 10 - Harsha Ranganath
AMC 12 - Zubin Olikara
AMC 10 - Harsha Ranganath/Elliott Morris
AMC 12 - Harsha Ranganath
AMC 10 - Tommy Thigpen
AMC 12 - Zubin Olikara
AMC 10 - Nick Lauber
AMC 12 - Harsha Ranganath
AMC 10 - Jacob Champion
AMC 12 - Alex Jorck
AMC 10 - Steve Colvill
AMC-12 - Jacob Champion
AMC-10 - Chris Vickers
AMC-12 - Steve Colvill/Eric Fischer/Paul Rosswurm
AMC-10 - Marta Anderson
AMC-12 - Steven Colvill
AMC-10 - Kaylin Klein
AMC-12 – Sai Vijayagopal
AMC-10 – Caleb Miller
AMC-12 – Josh Champion
AMC-10 – Meredith Lutz
Harsha Ranganath had the highest score in the State on the 2000 AMC-10
*Since 2000, the American High School Math Exam has differentiated between two student groups taking the exam--10th and 12th grade students--with the 12th grade exam being more advanced. As a result, the tests are designated the AMC-10 or the AMC-12 exam.
In 2001-2002, Columbus East was 10th in the team score for AMC-12 in the State of Indiana (out of 130 schools)
Our students have also been quite successful in these competitions of late:
In the American High School Math Exam our team was:
-Indiana State Champions 1995
In Indiana Math League:
Allen Hwang was State Champion in the Individual Competition in 1997.
East tied for sixth (out of 54 schools) in the team competition in 2002.
In the individual competition in 2002, Harsha Ranganath tied for 7th and Seth Forster and Zubin Olikara tied for 13th.
In 2003, East placed 8th in the team competition.
In 2004, East placed 7th in the team competition. Harsha Ranganath won 6th place in the individual competition for the year.
In 2005, East placed 6th in the team competition. Jacob Champion won 10th place in the individual competition for the year.
In 2006, East placed 6th in the team competition. Jacob Champion won 11th place in the individual competition for the year.
In the Jets Teams Contest our team has been:
The 2004 JETS Team was 3rd in the State in our division in the Junior Engineering & Technical Society TEAMS Contest, and our team qualified for national scoring. In the national competition, our team finished 30th out of 88 teams in our school size. The students on this year's team were: Zubin Olikara, Adam Rutan, Ricky Pease, Irene Zhang, Ready Chi, Harsha Ranganath, Josh Morris, and Nick Krabbenhoeft. We would like to thank the four Cummins Engineers: Paul Miller, L.K. Hwang, Brad Stroia, and Shyan Huang , who came to East one day a week and helped us to prepare.
-Third in State and National Qualifier in 1997
-Fourth in State and National Qualifier 1999
-Third in State and National Qualifier 2000
-Tied for third in State and National Qualifier 2002
The Lance Newkirk Award
The Lance Newkirk Award is an annual award given in memory of Mr. Lance Newkirk, a former teacher and Math Department Chairman at East. The award is given to a senior who has demonstrated both outstanding ability and interest in Math.
Past winners of the Lance Newkirk Award include: 1980 Mark Wilson 1993 Ross Patty 1981 Rhonda Hunt 1995 Brian Hart 1982 Umesh Patel 1996 Ryan Scott and Alex Piraner 1983 Beth Sylvester 1997 Jessica Gerth 1984 Terry Meier 1998 Allen Hwang 1985 Larry Brackney 2000 Michael Bonifacius 1986 John Demaree 2001 Matt Narsinghani 1987 Mary Hou 2002 Seth Forster 1988 Eric Branstad 2003 Zubin Olikara 1989 Randall Bird 2004 Harsha Ranganath 1990 Mihir Patel 2005 Nick Krabbenhoeft
Emily Keller 2006 Jacob Champion 1992 Mehul Patel 2007 Teresa Thigpen