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Photo: DaVinci High School mathematics team
DaVinci High School mathematics contest team

D'Youville Hosts State Math Championship

Buffalo, New York – May 4, 2016 – D’Youville College was host for a Mathematics Contest for students ranging from second through twelfth grades on April 23, 2016.

The organization,, the country's largest network of local and state math competitions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, held their first statewide New York State Math Championship in D’Youville College’s new Science, Arts and Education (SASE) building on Niagara Street.

“The event was a lot of fun, it seemed to me that this is a good venue not only for excellent math students, but also for those that may not have had as many math courses but enjoy solving problems,” said Dr. Marion Olivieri, chair of the biology and mathematics department at D’Youville College. “We are already planning another contest for next October.”

The meeting organizer, Dr. Victoria Shimanovich, assistant professor of mathematics at the college, said, “this was an exceptional opportunity because the top scoring students were selected to compete with other students from across the nation at the League Championship held in Kansas City in May.”

At D’Youville, Dr. Gheorghita Faitar, assistant professor of mathematics, offers a math course for Leonardo DaVinci High School students. Her math class formed a team that competed, coming in second place to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

“For a first ever experience, the DaVinci team did really well; we were especially proud of Sibaridibo Banuna, a young lady who is a tenth grade student, for coming in second place overall for the entire high school event. We are already planning our strategy for next year,” she said.

The first place high school senior was Bazel Naji (DaVinci), the first place junior was Ben Graham (St. Joe’s), the first place sophomore was Vikram Singh (St. Joe’s) and second place went to Victoria Jasinski (Sacred Heart), and the first place freshmen was Riley Brotz (St. Joe’s).

For the elementary school competition, in first place overall was Chigozie Ilozue (Amherst Christian Academy), and the Seton Catholic School in Rochester had two first place winners, Matthew Atilla (2nd grade) and Mark Atalla (4th grade).Photo: Mathematics competition elementary school winners

The boys from St. Joe’s were already making travel plans with their teacher, Robert Bleecher, as they left the SASE building chanting “Kansas City!” after their photo shoot.

If you are interested in participating in future contests contact Dr. Marion Olivieri.


Dr. Marion Olivieri
Phone: 716-829-8163 or