Malverne teen participates in math fair


On Friday, March 1, more than 1,200 students from Nassau County presented at the preliminary round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair held at Hofstra University.

Luna Splendori, an eighth grader at the Waldorf School of Garden City and a resident of Malverne, took part in the competition.

“The competition involved researching and writing a paper on a topic in mathematics, presenting that research before judges, and answering questions posed by the judges,” said Ms. Deann Reyes, Waldorf’s middle and high school math teacher.

“Luna researched the Fibonacci sequence – specifically the history behind the Fibonacci numbers and the significance of the Fibonacci sequence in math, the human body, nature and more. All of us are all extremely proud of her hard work and fine achievement!” Reyes continued.

The Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair is an annual competition sponsored by the Nassau and Suffolk County Math Teachers’ Association as well as the New York Metropolitan Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The competition invites nearly 1,200 students in Grades 7- 12 to conduct independent research on a math topic that interests them. Once a paper is accepted by the review committee, the students make a 15-minute preliminary round presentation to the judges.