Local students receive Honda-Ohio State Math Medal Award

Seven Delaware County high school seniors received the Honda-OSU Math Medal Award from a partnership between Honda and The Ohio State University. The award recognizes the top senior mathematics student in 221 high schools in southwest and central Ohio.

The math medal winners from Delaware County are Casey Estok, Delaware Hayes; Isaac Houser, Delaware Christian; Neil Patel, Olentangy Liberty; Benjamin Pierce, Village Academy; Dylan Pryor, Big Walnut; Kyle Purcell, Buckeye Valley and Corey Simmerer, Olentangy Orange.

This is the 13th anniversary of the Central Ohio region Math Medal Awards, presented by the Honda-OSU Partnership, a university-industry partnership that supports programs in education and research to benefit the transportation industry. This year 123 seniors from 15 counties in central Ohio received the award, a news release states.

Honorees attended the Central Ohio region ceremony on Nov. 3 at Honda of America in Marysville. Recognized as their school’s top math student in the Class of 2017, each student received a pewter math medal, plaque and $100 gift card from Honda and Ohio State’s College of Engineering.

“Math is the foundation for so many of our advancements, particularly the kind of advancements a technology-driven company like Honda needs,” Honda-OSU Partnership Co-director Mike Wiseman said at the ceremony. “Companies like Honda will always need strong math skills as we look toward our future workforce.”

In addition, the award comes with a $3,000 scholarship opportunity at Ohio State’s College of Engineering for the 2017-2018 academic year. Over the past 12 years, 172 Central Ohio region math medal recipients have gone on to receive the $3,000 scholarship.

“This award serves to recognize students who excel in the fields of math and science — skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce,” said David B. Williams, dean, Ohio State College of Engineering. “We applaud these young individuals for their hard work, and hope they will develop their talents as future Buckeye Engineers.”

The Honda-Ohio State Partnership is a unique collaboration between Ohio State and Honda that supports initiatives in education, research and public service to positively impact students, faculty, public and private sector practitioners, and the transportation industry as a whole.

Honda operates two auto plants, an engine plant and a transmission plant in Ohio, along with a major vehicle research and development center and engineering, logistics and purchasing operations. With 13,500 associates, Honda is one of Ohio’s largest private employers.

Ohio State’s College of Engineering places 16th nationally among public university undergraduate engineering programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and its more than 8,000 undergraduate students choose from 14 different engineering majors.

More information about the Honda-Ohio State Partnership is available at honda.osu.edu.