Congratulations to two students from South Grove Elementary in Syosset! Katherine Li and Samuel Wang, both rising sixth graders, were recently named "Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics" by The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students. This institute, which is housed at SUNY/College at Old Westbury, is one of the most competitive math programs in the nation. Each year approximately 700 outstanding students are nominated by principals of schools on Long Island for 84 available spots. Selection by the Institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent of all students in mathematics on Long Island in his or her grade. Acceptance is based on a rigorous entrance exam, a recommendation of student's math teacher, and a school transcript or report card.

The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students was established in 1992 to improve the problem solving skills of a selected group of high-ability students from Long Island. It provides free training sessions on Saturdays during the academic year. Participants study topics not usually covered in the standard curricula, develop an ability to devise problem solving strategies, and experience the fun, satisfaction, and thrill of discovery associated with creative problem solving.

Over the years, many of the Institute's graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards, as well as national and international math, science, and engineering contests. Further, a number of alumni of the Institute have been selected as Intel and Siemens awardees in math, science or technology.