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Whiz Kid: Miller Place Grad John Hirdt

Name: John Hirdt, age 21

School:
2011 graduate of Miller Place High School

Accomplishments: 
John will be entering his senior year at St. Joseph's College in the fall.  While at Miller Place High School, he challenged himself with eleven college and/or Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses.  He was on the high honor roll for every quarter of his four years and a member of the National Honor Society and the Robotics Team.  He played Varisty soccer and Varsity baseball and volunteered with the Special Olympics. He entered St. Joseph's College as the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship (full tuition).

Majoring in Mathematics with the career goal of being a research mathematician, John was selected for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship-Brookhaven National Laboratory in both the summer and fall of 2013, working for the National Nuclear Data Center.  He received first place in the Association for Computing Machinery & Microsoft Research Competition in March of this year and he was awarded the MASS Fellowship at Penn State University for fall 2014.

John has presented his research at numerous conferences.  In May of this year, he presented at the Metro NY Mathematics Association of America, as well as at the St. Joseph's College Research Symposium. In March he presented in Atlanta, Georgia for Special Interest Group Computer Science Education, and in January he presented in Baltimore, Maryland at the Joint Mathematics Meetings-AMS & MAA.  In November of 2013, he presented his research at the Nuclear Data Week Conference in Upton, NY.

John volunteers his time to mentor the Miller Place Robotics Team and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics.

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