Winners Announced in National Math Competition

Winners Announced in National Math Competition
Story Highlights: 
  • More than 80 middle school students from 13 states and Canada participated.
  • Cash prizes were awarded to top-place finishers in team and individual categories.
  • This is the seventh year the competition was held at RIT/NTID.

Rochester, N.Y. – Winners have been announced in Rochester Institute of Technology’s seventh annual Math Competition for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

The competition, held at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf April 5-7, welcomed more than 80 deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school students from New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Texas, Washington, Oregon, California and well as Canada.

They competed in tasks that tested their speed and accuracy, teamwork and math skills.

Individual winners:

  • First ($100): Aidan DiDomenico, from Charles Finney School, Penfield, N.Y.
  • Second ($75): Carla Peralta, from Haggard Middle School, Plano, Texas.
  • Third ($50): Nathanial Humpal, from California School for the Deaf, Riverside.

Team winners:

  • First ($300): Texas School for the Deaf, Austin, Texas: Damon Rush, Rebecca Giuntoli, Lydia Kopp and Shane Carrizales.
  • Second ($200): Kansas School for the Deaf, Olathe, Kan.:, Trevor Johnson, Raul Melgar, Jaeden Rolofson and Tatum Wiechman
  • Third ($100): Haggard Middle School, Plano, Texas: Carla Peralta, Tommy Tiede, Kyle Mirus and Adnan Baig.
  • Honorable mention: California School for the Deaf, Riverside: Nathaniel Humpal, Victor Fonseca and Erik Murillo.

Top Scorer:

  • Damon Rush, from Texas School for the Deaf, Austin.

Most spirited team:

  • Haggard Middle School, Plano, Texas: Tommy Tiede, Kyle Mirus, Carla Peralta and Adnan Baig.

More information about the contest is available at

RIT is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls nearly 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. Today, 1,530 students attend NTID; more than 1,350 are deaf or hard of hearing, Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs. NTID’s Center on Employment assists NTID students with finding co-op and permanent jobs. More than 100 interpreters, tutors and notetakers support students in and out of the classroom. Visit:


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