Meet the Officers

Saaketh Vedantam:
Co-President, Curriculum Committee

Saaketh Vedantam is a senior at American Heritage School and an avid mathlete. He has been a part of FLSAM since 9th grade, but mathematics has been a part of his life since the womb. Apart from math, Saaketh enjoys physics and computer science. However, when he isn't trying to decipher a random USAMO proof or wondering why physics doesn’t work, he plays video games and watches movies, a fact which has gotten him in trouble with his parents more than once. He also participates in the Florida Youth Orchestra as a trumpet player.

Vlad Oleksenko:
Co-President, Curriculum Committee

Vlad Oleksenko is a senior at American Heritage Plantation. Though he was first introduced to math competition in 7th grade, he enjoyed doing math for as long as he can remember. Apart from all the FLSAM-sponsored competitions, Vlad has participated in Mathcounts, FAMAT, AMC, AIME and USAMO. Vlad's favorite math subject is Geometry, and he absolutely loves solving Olympiad Geometry problems. Vlad also has a passion for educating younger students in math. At his school, Vlad has taken numerous roles as a math teacher and coach. When he is not doing math, Vlad likes to spend his time watching movies and shows, playing video games, solving his Rubik's Cube, and coding in Java.

William Li:
Vice President of Competition, Curriculum Committee

William Li is a junior at King High School. He began competing in Mathcounts in sixth grade at the school level. He joined FLSAM two years later. William's favorite problems in math are geometrical ones, particularly when the problems involve a coordinate system. When not doing math, he spends his time swimming, playing cello, and losing at chess. William is looking forward to participating and helping in future FLSAM activities and competitions.

Yuru Niu:
Curriculum Committee Chair, Region 5c Coordinator

Yuru is a junior at Suncoast High School. He started doing math competitions in 4th grade starting with FAMAT Algebra 1 and AMC 8. Since then, he participated in numerous math competitions. He discovered FLSAM in 8th grade and got exposed to even more math competitions like PUMaC and HMMT, which gave him lots of enjoyment. His favorite parts of math are synthetic geometry and induction. He has been inspired to write problems after many of his friends in the math community have come up with interesting problems. In his spare time, when he is not doing math, one usually finds him playing Clash Royale or surfing Reddit.

Andrew Yuan:
Region 1 Coordinator, Curriculum Committee

Andrew Yuan is a senior at Lawton Chiles High School. He discovered FLSAM in 9th grade and appreciates the opportunities that it has given him. His favorite subject is geometry, due to its elegance, and likes creating geometry problems of his own. On the flip side, there is nothing that he hates more than casework combo. Other than math, he enjoys coding, playing Tetris, watching anime, and drinking large amounts of liquid.

Jeannie Wang:
Region 2 Coordinator

Jeannie is a junior at Stanton College Prep. Her first exposure to competition math was in sixth grade when she competed at the chapter level Mathcounts competition. Since then, she has learned many mathematical topics but maintains an interest in number theory. She has expanded her interest in mathematics by joining FLSAM, coaching competitive math, and by trying to spread the math interest in the Jacksonville area. When she is not doing math, she can be found sleeping, watching tasty videos, or playing her two favorite sports: lacrosse and karate.

Travis Xiang:
Region 3 Coordinator

Travis Xiang is a senior at Seminole High School. He first competed with FLSAM in tenth grade and is grateful for the community and opportunities it introduced him to. His favorite subject in math is algebra, but he enjoys the other areas as well. When he is not doing math, he is probably playing soccer, reading, or looking up random facts. He will do his best to spread FLSAM to others.

Michael Marcotte:
Region 4a Coordinator

Michael Marcotte was introduced to math competitions, oddly enough, in 5th grade when he competed in a MAO-inspired competition put on by high schoolers at Palm Harbor University High School. Michael competes in any math competition he can and is starting to branch out into other subject areas as well. Since his transfer to Largo High School during his freshman year, he has met a plethora of amazing and talented individuals at school and together, they started Largo’s math team. Michael takes pride in the apotheosis of his high school accomplishments: becoming a helper on an anime Minecraft server. When not grinding for competitions, Michael can be found feeding with his friends in LoL, sight-reading the violin, and spending time with his anime girls and guildmates in SAO MD.

Anabella Maria Galang:
Region 4b Coordinator

Anabella Maria Galang is a senior at the Community School of Naples. She has been participating in mathematics competitions since MathCounts in sixth grade, and is an avid competitor for Mu Alpha Theta, the AMC, Math Madness, etc. She discovered her affinity for geometry when she placed at the 2016 Mu Alpha Theta National Convention as a freshman. She hopes to promote FLSAM’s presence in her region by increasing outreach. Her undeniable passion for math - in combination with science, technology, and engineering - led to her founding The Steminist Movement, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that works to provide a free STEM education to middle school girls. In the rare moments when Anabella Maria is not doing math, she enjoys watching American telenovelas, researching cancer, listening to country music, dancing ballet, and baking popovers — though never at the same time.

Matthew Robbins:
Region 5a Coordinator

Matthew Robbins is a senior at American Heritage - Plantation. He has been a member of FLSAM since 9th grade, and truly fell in love with the organization and its wonderful members after attending his first ARML competition. His favorite subjects in math are number theory and combo, but he would definitely love geometry if only he were any good at it. He can’t wait to help share the great experiences FLSAM provides with the rest of the Florida math community and the new generation of young mathematicians. When he isn’t busy practicing math, you can often find Matthew working out in the gym, playing lacrosse, or practicing his Tai Chi.

Leonardo Jha Bonanno:
Region 5b Coordinator

Leonardo Jha Bonanno is a third-year student at Gulliver Preparatory School. He is the president of Mu Alpha Theta, the physics club, and the science competition club at his school. He joined FLSAM after hearing about it from former FLSAM officer Faraz Masroor. He has competed in various math competitions including AMC, Mu Alpha Theta, David Essner, and the University of Miami Undergraduate PSC. His favorite branches of mathematics are mathematical physics and differential geometry. When he is not solving problems or studying, he enjoys listening to music, tutoring at his local elementary school, and attending speedsolving competitions.

Vismay Sharan:
Curriculum Committee

Vismay Sharan is a sophomore at Atlantic High School. He began competing in Mathcounts in sixth grade... at the school level. Two years later, he was invited to join FLSAM. Since then, he has participated in many math competitions in and out of FLSAM, including ARML, FAMAT, and USAJMO. He loves FLSAM and the opportunities such a club offers. Vismay enjoys all of math (except maybe functional equations) but finds geometry unique in its beauty. Besides doing math, he spends his time swimming, sleeping, and losing at chess. Vismay is looking forward to participating and helping in future FLSAM activities and competitions.