Samantha McGloin Qualifies for Creative Problem Solving Institute

Jack Abrams STEM Magnet fifth grader Samantha McGloin is a math whiz kid.

June 21, 2017

Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School fifth grader Samantha McGloin has been invited to participate in the Institute for Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students. The program is hosted by SUNY College at Old Westbury on its campus.

For more than 15 years, Maryann Daly, the Huntington School District’s SEARCH (Scholastic Enrichment and Resource for the Children in Huntington) teacher-chairperson and the district’s Math Olympiad coach, has been recommending that countless fifth and sixth graders take an exam qualifying them for participation in the Institute’s Saturday morning program.

The Institute was established to improve the problem solving skills of a select group of 75 high ability students in grades 5-10 on Long Island. It chooses 25 students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties to participate in each of the three grade level divisions out of more than 800 students from across Long Island who annually sit for the qualifying exam.

Samantha McGloin letter.
The Institute for Creative Problem Solving
sent Samantha McGloin this letter.

The program was founded and coordinated for nearly two decades by the late Dr. Jong Pil Lee, who worked as a SUNY College at Old Westbury professor and was recognized for his distinguished service.

“The participants will broaden their backgrounds in mathematics, sharpen their thinking skills and develop their problem solving ability,” according to brochure published by the Institute. “Educating these special children will make a major contribution to their pursuit of excellence in science and mathematics.”

Mrs. Daly nominated 14 of her Math Olympiad students to take the two-hour qualifying exam for the Institute’s 2017/18 program. “The exam was difficult and the competition was tough,” she said. “I based my nomination on their academic performance in the classroom and on assessments as well as their ability to succeed in the Math Olympiad meets held throughout the school year and most of all their work ethic,” she said.

Ms. McGloin will attend 20 two-hour Saturday morning classes stretching from next September to March 2018. “Congratulations to this young lady who has distinguished herself, his family and our school district in achieving this prestigious honor,” Mrs. Daly said.