Monday, April 24, 2017

ARML Local - End Of Year NNV Math Club Award Dinner



Song:  The Time Will Come

By:  Phoenix Music



The Local ARML competition took place at UNR yesterday.

This was for all of the members of NNV Math club to vie for an opening on the team
going to the ARML Nationals in Las Vegas in a little over a month.


The testing took many hours.


As there was still time before the contest ended...
I sat outside and looked up at the clouds.

There were a lot of things going on in the sky on this day.

Although the winds were relatively calm on the ground...
there were rapid divergent winds on high...
and so, a much greater probability of rapidly changing images forming.

As, from my perspective, these moments were fleeting, since clouds from differing altitudes
were moving in differing directions, I was still able to capture some of the many tigers...
great winged fire breathing dragons, one Ankylosaurus battling a Tyrannosaurus...
and many headshots of many great beasts in the sky.


A White Tiger in mid stride...
his head lowered as he is gathering momentum
and storing energy in his sinews just before his final charge and subsequent great leap
at his most dangerous foe...
another white tiger which is threatening his family's very survival 
in an attempt to take his territory 
(a rogue predatory beast of whom lives to destroy and steal from others...
instead of building a better life for himself).

 (In my world...
a White Tiger lives in tight family units for life...
 he lives for his family...
 revels in the hunt...
and for the prospect of justified combat...
as he is assertive...not aggressive :)


A winged fire breathing dragon in flight, with a dragon rider mounted atop.

You can see the bat winged creature spewing
his flamed breath from his great open maw.

You may see the fangs of this creature if you look closely.

You may even see the correctly angled and air filled wings 
amid the dragon's powerful downstroke...
as it hovers to deliver a ball of flame.

The Dragon Rider is an archer...
and he is holding his bow at the low ready position.

I had a great time looking up at the sky until the competition had come to an end.
The clouds had so many stories to tell.

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After the competition...
we had an hour's wait...
and we then drove to the end of the year NNV Math Club dinner and awards.

This is where they made the announcement for the team members going to the
ARML Nationals this year...
as determined by the earlier competition.


The math club setting up for the ceremony.


We sat down and awaited the initiation of the ceremony.



We were about to begin.


The first event was...
eating.


Alex and I were sitting with other ARML team members.


Sherry Griffin...
the founder of the NNV Math Club...starting things off.


This senior member of the club had been the awards announcer.

He has been one of the driving forces at NNV Math Club.

He was always sharing his knowledge with others...
and he always helped out the younger members.

He had placed second in the earlier competition.

I had talked with him before this event.

He was just accepted to one of the world's greatest Math and Science universities
(among others which had accepted him).

In a few months...
he will be off to live in the dorms of this great institution.

He was positively beaming the whole night.

This is the time of year where the students get their acceptance and rejection letters
from their university applications.

By this time next year...
Alex will have gotten his.



This is a picture of this year's ARML Nationals Team from NNV.



Alex had tied for third place at the local ARML competition.


This is the youngest team ever fielded from NNV.

Many of the members are new to the club.

Alex is standing in the background.


We are getting ready to go back home here.


We were almost home here.


After arriving at home...
Alex had shown us some interesting documents he had received
as part of the end of year awards.

Each member of the team had been recognized by Nevada's Senators...
and by its Governor.






It was nice for the children of the NNV Math Club to have been recognized by the State of Nevada.

The founder of NNV Math Club has really worked hard to nurture and grow her math club.

She really excels in reaching out to the community and making the social
and business connections necessary to support her endeavor.



Alex received this award for all of the volunteer work he has done in helping out 
in teaching at the math camps and with organizing and putting on his own math competition.


Although there is still the ARML Nationals next month...
and Alex's own math competition the month after...
Alex has been winding down on his math competitions.

This year...
besides having been ill for many months...
Alex has been spending many more hours on his school work in this all important year
that a 3rd year high school student must really work extra long and hard on...
as in a few months...
Alex will be submitting his university applications...
and his 3rd year high school achievements will be the ones the universities 
will be judging the most closely.

So...this year...
Alex's math competitions were put on the back burner...
as he had been studying for his ACTs and SATs...
his advanced classes and exams...
and for, especially...
his SAT II Physics exam...
coming shortly.

Also...
this summer...
Alex will attempt to work at a local private math school...
and he will be preparing his university application essays.

Although Alex's GPA and various ACT and SAT scores speak for themselves...
it will be the essays to the universities which will either...
set him apart from the pack...
or put him squarely in the pack.

Alex will really have to prepare and write his essays well...
as each university usually has its own question or questions...
from which the essay will be judged.

As Alex will be shooting for the stars...
while it is our hope that he will reach them in the form of acceptance letters
from his top choice universities...
he may well not...
as we have been reading about many very talented students
with exceptional resumes being rejected by all of the top universities.

Alex...
as well as we, his parents...
are prepared for the many rejection letters almost all students receive.

However...
 we are also confident...
that while Alex may not reach the stars of the university world...
he will still reach the moon...
and it will then be a matter of distinguishing himself through his work there...
and later, in graduate school.

Either way...
Alex will never give up.

Alex will achieve his ultimate dream of becoming 
a College or University professor of Math...
and an author of many books.

The major life milestones we know Alex will achieve:

1)  A good math university

2)  Earning his Ph. D in Mathematics

3)  Publishing his first book

4)  Most of all...
living his life fully...
and well...
and which will, hopefully, include...
a daughter in law for us to gratefully accept as our own daughter...
and Grandchildren upon whom we may dote.  :)





2 comments:

  1. Looks like a great evening with the NNV Math Club. Must have been uplifting just to be with so many bright, dedicated young people, and knowing that your son is one of the leaders of that impressive group.

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  2. It is always good to hear these young, highly intelligent, ladies and gents talk. They are so mature and witty. The way they focus on the task at hand at such a young age is always inspiring. Alex has really enjoyed being around his whole math club.

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