Sixteenth Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: April 23, 1999

  • Alexander Soifer


Tuesday April 20, 1999, was the gravest day in the history of Colorado. The tragic shooting at Columbine High School near Denver left many students and a teacher dead, others wounded. It shocked every one of us. I was torn by a moral dilemma: should I cancel the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, scheduled for the coming Friday? Columbine often participated. Last year Columbine’s junior John Batchelder won first prize.Was he OK? If not, I felt, then cancellation was a must. If he were OK, what would he prefer, a cancellation in solidarity with Columbine’s tragedy or holding the Olympiad as a symbol that we were down but not out?


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Letters, Arts and SciencesUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsUSA

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