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Vy Nguyen has been named the state’s top math student. She earned the title after posting the highest scores during the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Student Mathematics League competition for the 2010-2011 school year. Nguyen is the first Georgia Perimeter College student to earn the prestigious title.
Nguyen came to the United States in 2007 when her parents moved from Vietnam. A math major and participant in the college’s MESA (Math, Science, Engineering Achievement) program, she chose Georgia Perimeter College because it came highly recommended.
“I had a lot of friends who studied here,” Nguyen said. “They said GPC was the best place to go, and I felt confident to study at a school where I already had lots of friends.”
The Student Mathematics League competition consists of two tests given to individual students, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.
“In order for a student to be eligible for an award, the student must take both exams,” explains GPC professor Allison Wolf. “The person who wins has the highest combined score on the two exams.”
MESA program director and GPC math professor Dr. Kouok Law says Nguyen trains hard, which keeps her prepared for math competitions.
Vy Nguyen has a 3.9 GPA and plans to transfer to Georgia Tech.