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Unformatted text preview: Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. In eighth grade Algebra, I was assigned a girl named Emma York as my math partner. Before then, I had only known her as the girl with many freckles. However, I soon discovered that Emma was very smart. Every Friday, when Mrs. Massaro gave each group sets of ten problems, we pushed each other to the brink of our mathematical abilities. It was a fun challenge. The Friday before Winter Break, I was blazing. I had solved the first nine questions faster. Moving on to the last problem, I read, How many paths in this maze can the cat take to catch the mouse? Resisting initial temptations to scribble that mice move fast, I began delving into my own maze of permutations, grids, and Vandermondes identity. It was an all-star lineup of the fancy stuff big high school students were haunted identity....
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- Spring '10