By Maria Cook
Carmel High School junior Jerry Wang was recently chosen as one of four winners of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s STEM Team Award. The program honors Indiana high school students who have shown outstanding accomplishments in either science, technology, engineering or math. Each winner is awarded a $1,000 scholarship through Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan as well as a special letter jacket.
Wang was chosen for his accomplishments in math. He earned perfect scores on the ACT math, SAT math and SAT II math Level 2 tests. He has participated in several math competitions, including the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematical Competition, where he earned a place on the distinguished honor roll. He has been a part of a team conducting research through IUPUI which he hopes to publish soon.
Though he has been interested in math and science since childhood, Wang first learned about the STEM team when his biology teacher mentioned it in class.
“After looking at the details of this award, I decided that the STEM team was something that would be interesting to pursue and apply for,” Wang said. “I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email about a month later (stating) that I made the STEM team as the math representative.”
For Wang, being this year’s math representative is a chance to be a role model for other students.
“Pursue what you really like,” Wang said. “People often joke about not liking mathematics, but basically, mathematics isn’t just solving equations. You can use it in many areas of life. Don’t let other people tell you exactly what you should and should not do. Try to find groups of people who share your interests and help drive you forward to do what you like.”