New Hyde Park freshman accepted to college math program

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New Hyde Park Memorial High School freshman Navdeep Kaur is pictured with Principal Dr. Richard Faccio and guidance counselor Dr. Eileen Valdes. (Photo courtesy of Sewanhaka Central High School District)

 Navdeep Kaur, a freshman at New Hyde Park Memorial in the Sewanhaka Central High School District, was accepted into the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Navdeep is among 87 students who will pursue the study of mathematics and its applications.

To qualify, Navdeep and 86 other students competed against approximately 600 of the top-ranking students nominated from school districts on Long Island. Selection by the institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of 1 percent in math of all students on Long Island in his or her grade. Acceptances were based on four criteria: school transcript, teacher recommendation, a brief written statement by the student and a rigorous entrance exam.

Each student is expected to spend 50 hours in class over the course of 20 Saturday mornings. The curriculum covers mathematical topics including algebra, discrete math, number theory and more.

Principal Dr. Richard Faccio congratulated Navdeep on this prestigious honor.

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