Luke's development as a math prodigy began at the early age of 2. Quickly becoming fascinated by the numbers flashing across a screen as a computer was being booted up, Luke love of math took off from there. By the age of 3, he could double numbers up into the millions and multiply in his head. He finished every math workbook presented to him with 100% precision in a matter of hours, up to the high school level, by the time he started Kindergarten. His IQ tested off the charts and he was the youngest student ever to be placed into the Highly Gifted Program at the Collister school.
Over the years, Luke has been able to balance his chess training and his math studies while achieving extraordinary accomplishments in both. In fact, his love of math has expanded into the sciences and he was since taken seven AP math and science classes- scoring a the top grade of 5 on each and every AP exam. He has also been the State Math Champion for 2011 and 2012, and he is the current 2012 Regional Science Bowl Champion. He was also the youngest student ever allowed to take for-credit classes at Boise State University. His greatest accomplishment has been his placement on the Math Olympiad Junior Team this past academic year. In order to achieve this honor, he had to pass many levels of challenging math exams culminating in two 4 and 1/2 hour tests. He credits much of his ability for intense focus in academic areas to his years of rigorous chess training.
Now age 14, Luke has also been the Top Scorer for three years in a row in the seven state Western Gifted and Talented Search sponsored by the University of Denver. These titles have been achieved by his perfect math scores on 36 and 800, respectively, in back-to-back ACT and SAT tests. His accomplishments and test scores qualify him for the category of profoundly gifted, and he has been contacted by several of the top universities in the country to encourage him to apply when he is ready. Luke knows that he has been given great gifts and talents in several areas, and he is preparing to give back that knowledge to the community at large. His passion is to become a medical doctor (as well as a Grandmaster), and he truly believes that he will be able to help in a research area to fulfill what he considers his destiny - to figure out something important that has never been figured out before.
In his spare time, Luke also competes for the Boise YMCA swim team, and practices for piano competitions.
Quick Academic Accomplishments:
Awarded Stamps Foundation Leadership Scholarship to University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad Team Member - USAMO (2013)
United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad Team Member - USAJMO (2012)
American Invitational Mathematics Examination Qualifier - AIME (2012)
American Mathematics Contest 12 (1st Place Overall in Idaho) - AMC 12 (2012)
American Mathematics Contest 10 (1st Place Overall in Idaho) - AMC 10 (2012)
State Math Champion (2012)
Regional Science Bowl Champion (2012)
Certificate of Merit - Perfect Score Piano Festival Sonantina (2012)
State Math Champion (2011)
SAT perfect score Math and top 2% overall (2010-2012)
Western Academic Talent Search - Top Scorer (2009-2012)
National AP Scholar Award (2012); Eight AP Perfect Scores, including:
-AP Calculus AB
-AP Calculus BC
-World HistoryMensa Society (2009)
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2013 United States Association Math Olympiad (USAMO)
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