Los Alamos High School Junior Sonja Ebey Selected To Receive Rensselaer Polytechnic Medal For 2022

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Los Alamos High School Junior Sonja Ebey has been selected to receive the Rensselaer Polytechnic Medal for 2022. She was nominated for this honor by the LAHS Mathematics and Science Departments.

Sonja is the kind of student you are lucky to teach once in a lifetime,” said Nikol Strother, LAHS AP Calculus teacher. “Her passion for mathematics and diligent work ethic set her apart from other students.  She loves to challenge herself with problems that require both a high degree of mathematical mastery and the ability to apply critical thinking skills.  Sonja is an inspiration to her peers.  Congratulations, Sonja!”

For more than 100 years, Rensselaer, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

The Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes:

  1. to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and 
  2. to motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology.

Sonja has completed Advanced Placement courses in AP Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry, as well as English and US History. She is a member of the LAHS Symphonic Strings.

Each year, participating high schools nominate one outstanding math and science student in the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. If the student applies to Rensselaer, is accepted, and enrolls, the official Rensselaer Medallion will be presented during an Honors Convocation in the fall of the first year at Rensselaer. The merit scholarship, with a value of $30,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years for each Medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer.