The air was electrified with excitement at Simon Middle School on May 17, 2018, as all the girls in the school poured into the cafetorium in anticipation of the Third Annual Simon Prize in Mathematics for Girls.
The school’s namesakes, Ray and Phyllis Simon, world renowned educators, have kept the school named after them very close to their hearts.
As former mathematics teachers, the Simons' research indicated girls are underrepresented in STEM fields.
To inspire the girls at Simon Middle School to excel and compete in these fields, the Simons developed the Simon Prize which involved a rigorous application process and included three winners in fifth grade with cash prizes of 50 dollars each, two in sixth grade for 100 dollars each, and one in seventh grade for 300 dollars.
All winners also win additional enrichment activities during the summer.
A record number of students successfully completed the challenging application process, and all were recognized for their efforts. The fifth grade winners were Maggie E., Cora J. and Rhealea B. The sixth grade winners were Emily H. and Jillian B.
The 7th grade winner was Taylor T. The Simons also gave special recognition gifts to Olivia F., Abigail G., and Isabelle R.
Christi Parrish, principal of Simon Middle School, said, “We are very grateful to the Simons for all the support they provide our students, and we can’t thank them enough.”
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