Town Square

Post a New Topic

'Cracking the Code' wins Intel Science Talent Search

Original post made on Mar 16, 2011

Danville resident and Venture student Evan O'Dorney, 17, won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his mathematical project in which he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 11:24 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Master
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

The decisions from Harvard have already been mailed. So, did he get in or not? Or where his supposed "long list of acceptances?" I thought MIT would be more likely if mathematics suits you.

Also, can you publish his scores for the SAT and ACT? As well as his scores on the California Exit Exam, and or multiple STAR testing? He should have the perfect score.

How can the school district put all the eggs in one basket? How can they not encourage other students with an even greater potential?

Here is the proof:

Web Link

Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Mar 16, 2011 at 5:44 am

Doesn't his movie come out this week? Web Link

And when does he go public (no, not driving -- Stock!)?

Congrats, Evan! You done yourself and your family very proud!

Posted by David
a resident of Danville
on Mar 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

Master, looks like you need to learn to read (and write coherently for that matter).

Harvard decisions don't go out until "late March/early April" according to the link that YOU posted. Way to look like a fool.

Posted by Jerold Kaplan, M.D.
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Ignoring the above comments, Evan, congratulations on your honor and particularly on you accomplishments in mathematics. Math is one of the purest, and simultaneously simplest yet most difficult, areas of study. May you stay true to your interest, continue to learn and teach, and succeed in your chosen profession.

Again, my sincerest congratulations.


Posted by Jessica Lipsky
a resident of Danville
on Mar 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm


I don't think it's fair to assume that the school district is putting all their eggs in one basket or that they don't "encourage other students with an even greater potential." If you've found inequities in SRVUSD, please let me know. Also, SAT and ACT records are not public documents.

Furthermore, check out today's article on the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Several schools in the district participated and more than a handful are going to the national competition -- what an opportunity.

As a SRVUSD grad and Oakland resident, students here are afforded many more opportunities and support here than they are in many Oakland Unified schools. Just FYI.

Jessica Lipsky

Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Mar 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Congratulations Evan! Do you tutor?

Posted by Sarah DeJesus
a resident of Danville
on Mar 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Congratulations Evan!! I'm very excited for you and can't wait to see what's next!


Posted by Barb
a resident of Danville
on Mar 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

Congrats Evan! Please ignore the comments by "Master". Clearly he/she is not in your academic league. Their ignorant comments prove that and there will always be those who are jealous. I am so happy for you and wish you all the best in your future.

Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Mar 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

jrm is a registered user.

I am sure Evan has no time for this pedantic blog...way to go!

Posted by Danville Parent
a resident of Danville
on Mar 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Master you are a MORON!

Congratulations to you Evan wish you the very best in all you do!

Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

To Danville Parent: parents need to be role models and teach others not to name call. I am a Danville parent, and I am ashamed of your comment. Even "Master" didn't name call in his (?) comment!

Posted by Danville Parent
a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Marie - EXCUSE me Mrs. perfect! We need to be happy for this young man not make comments like that. AND since I am not perfect I will say it again... Moron!

Posted by Danville Parent
a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Oh Again Congratulations Evan well done!

Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Danville Parent: I never said I was perfect, but I try to be a good role model, and my children will never hear me swear or call anyone a name.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

(Updated 3:00 pm) The Bay Area votes to phase out sales of gas heaters
By Sherry Listgarten | 23 comments | 5,145 views

Home Again: Couples and Caregiving
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,868 views

Tell Me More About University of California-San Diego (UCSD)
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 1,074 views

The pile of bad City Council decisions keeps growing
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 1,037 views

A brief history of trains and their connection to the Tri-Valley
By Monith Ilavarasan | 2 comments | 852 views


2023 guide to summer camps

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer, learn something new and have fun? The Summer Camp Guide features local camps for all ages and interests.

Find Camps Here