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Finalists & Winners
2006 Finalists

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Almas Abdulla

Nicholas Anthony

Shalila Baena

Aaron Burrows

Joseph Church

David Cohn, III

Amy David

Isabella Dominguez

Cyanna Skye Edwards

Erin Edwards

Shilpi Ganguly

Jack Grundy

Anthony Hennig

Jacob Hurwitz

Otana Jakpor

Taylor Jones

Theo Jones

Nolan Kamitaki

Manpreet Kaur

Sophie Klimcak

Nicholas Lemp

Jason Lloyd

Mikael Matossian

Collin McAliley

Jayleen McAlpine

Kushal Naik

Theresa Oei

William Pete

Lindsey Precht

Mackensie Quade

Radhika Rawat

Philip Ricker

Michael Sewell

Aarthi Shankar

David Tao

Jayne Thompson

Paige Thompson

Joel Tinker

Trevor van Voorthuijsen

Scott Yu

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Almas enjoys competitive swimming and listening to music. She also likes challenging herself with mathematical puzzles for fun. In the future, she'd like to become a mathematician because "the possibilities in mathematics are endless."
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Almas became interested in natural disasters after several high-powered storms wreaked havoc around the world in the past couple of years. For example, hurricanes in the southern and eastern United States and a tsunami in Southeast Asia took thousands of lives and cost billions in property damage. Although the timing of events such as natural disasters seems chaotic and unpredictable, Almas hypothesized that similar chaotic systems have a periodic nature that scientists could elucidate using mathematics.
 
Almas wrote equations detailing a chaotic system and then showed through a logical theorem that such seeming chaos has intermittent windows of orderly and periodic behavior. She calculated a universal law to explain this phenomenon. Almas proposes that applying a similar mathematic model to chaotic events such as natural disasters could eventually predict hurricanes, earthquakes, and other calamities, giving people time to protect themselves and their property.
 

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