It’s Beginning to Add Up For Alex Clopper

Whitman Principal Kathie Acker, and Mathematics Chairperson David Gunder congratulate Alex Clopper.
Whitman Principal Kathie Acker, and Mathematics Chairperson David Gunder congratulate Alex Clopper.

When it comes to Math, Walt Whitman Sophomore Alex Clopper has already seen his share of competitive events. Alex has been actively involved in math competitions, routinely scoring at the top levels, through middle school and has just recently been recognized by his acceptance to the Institute for Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students. “Alex took the entrance exam for this institute, based out of SUNY/College at Old Westbury, and founded by Dr. Jong Pil Lee,” said Mathematics Chairperson Mr. David Gunder. “Out of approximately 600 applicants, Alex was one, out of 84 students chosen, so we are very proud of him.”

According to their website, the Institute’s mission is to enhance the problem solving skills of exceptionally talented students using advanced mathematics and creative thinking. “The classes are definitely not your usual advanced math classes,” said Alex. “We delve deeply into math problems and as they like to say- cause ‘trouble’ by getting us to think about math in very different and out-of-the-box ways.” Over the years, many of the Institute's graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards, as well as national and international math, science, and engineering contests.

Alex joined the Mathletes team this year and while the college search has not officially begun, he does know that a career in one of the STEM fields could suit him very well.

Congratulations Alex Clopper, and to his family and teachers who have nurtured this talented student.