Simon Prize

  • The Simon Prize for Excellence in Mathematics



    Awarded to girls in each grade who show interest, aptitude and achievement in the field of mathematics


    Prizes will be given to one recipient in grade 7, two recipients in grade 6 and three recipients in grade 5.  Each Prize will consist of

    • A cash award of
      1. $300 for Grade 7
      2. $100 each for Grade 6 (2 recipients)
      3. $50 each for Grade 5 (3 recipients)
    • The opportunity to select an age-appropriate activity, such as a summer camp or a summer class, that would provide an enriched experience in mathematics and/or mathematical applications sometime during the June 2021 to May 2022 timeframe. Registration fee will be paid by SIMON PRIZE.
    • Support for the girls as they move forward in their academic experience in mathematics. This support may include specific guidance in course selection, enrichment activities, and communication and encouragement from mentors through grade 9.

    In addition to the Prize winners, other girls may receive awards based on the quality of their applications:

    1. As many as three $100 awards in Grade 7
    2. As many as two $50 awards in Grade 6
    3. As many as two $25 awards in Grade 5

    The awards will be given in May of 2021 and will be based on the following criteria:

    • Grades in mathematics with special attention given to the rigor of the course in which a girl is enrolled
    • Arkansas Aspire test scores
    • Performance on a special mathematics test given at SMS to Prize applicants
    • Exemplary performance displayed
      1. on projects that are assigned by classroom teachers as part of course requirements
      2. on projects or study on an additional topic beyond what is required by the teacher
    • Participation in extracurricular activities that require the knowledge of mathematics and the ability to apply mathematics to problem solving
    • Teacher recommendations


    On-line application forms will be available beginning February 22, 2021. 


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    This opportunity for students at Simon Middle School is privately funded by Phyllis and Ray Simon for whom our school is named.