Gov. Mitch Daniels made a surprise visit toCarmelHigh SchoolThursday to announce CHS senior Yoko Homma as the 2012 Indiana Mr. Math.
The award, created by Daniels in 2008, recognizes the state’s top high school talent in math and science. Award criteria included SAT and ACT scores, prizes and grades received in math and science courses.
“There has never been a time in history when mathematics and the science it allows has been more important to human progress,” Daniels said prior to presenting Homma with the award and a $2,000 scholarship.
Homma is the son of Michi and Emiko Homma, and intends to attendYaleUniversityin the fall to study mathematics and physics.
“It’s a great honor,” Homma said. “It’s something that never would have occurred in my wildest dreams.”
Homma has always been attracted to math, he said.
“I just think it’s beautiful how numbers work,” he said. “Especially abstract math. It’s very intangible.”