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Local Students Win Prestigious National Statistical Poster Competition

Published on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 (8:39 p.m.)


ALEXANDRIA, VA, JULY 15, 2013—Carson McCue of The Alexander Dawson School and Brandon Waters of Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas, won their respective categories of the prestigious American Statistical Association (ASA) 2013 Poster Competition. Josephine Ruggieri of Eileen Conners Elementary School and Owen Stewart of Clark High School each placed second in their respective categories.

The statistical poster competition is sponsored annually by the ASA, which is the nation's preeminent professional society for statisticians with 18,500 members. The ASA launched the first national statistical poster competition in 1990 as a way to advance the probability and statistics curriculum in kindergarten through grade 12.

A statistical poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, examine the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data. Special care must be taken to present ideas clearly. Not only must viewers understand the individual graphics, but they also must understand the relationships among the graphics and how the graphics address the question(s) being studied.

In his entry in the K–3 grade category, Carson McCue’s poster examined the sales of various donuts at his neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts shop. McCue’s teacher at The Alexander Dawson School, Mrs. Linda Hudson, served as an advisor for his poster. This is McCue’s second national award.

Brandon Waters won the 4–6 grade category with a poster exploring how different ages and genders of people perceive a classic optical illusion about an old woman and a young lady. Waters’ advisor at Hyde Park Middle School is Mrs. Denise Romonoski.

Josephine Ruggieri of Eileen Conners Elementary School placed second in 4–6 grade category with her poster comparing which is greater: the percentage of kids who want to be adults, or the percentage of adults who want to be kids again. Ruggieri was advised by Mrs. Julieann Valenzuela.

Second place in the 10–12 grade category was earned by Owen Stewart of Clark High School. His advisor was Mrs. Cassie Dulmage. Stewart investigated whether the color of a stranger’s shirt and whether he speaks affects a first impression of him as either aggressive or friendly.

In recognition of their achievements, McCue and Waters each received $200, a certificate, and a plaque for the school. Ruggieri and Stewart each received $100 and a certificate.

“I commend Carson, Brandon, Josephine, and Owen for their winning statistical posters. I also commend their teachers for providing invaluable advice and support to them,” said David Thiel, who is a Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial. “There were many outstanding poster submitted this year. It is quite an accomplishment to earn this national honor. All four students and their families should be very proud of their accomplishments.”

Statistics is the science of collecting, analyzing and presenting data. Statisticians contribute to scientific enquiry and other fields—including biology, economics, engineering, government policymaking, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education and sports—by applying their expertise to the design of surveys and experiments; the collection, processing and analysis of data; and the interpretation of the results.

The ASA Poster Competition is a powerful teaching aid that enables students to apply in a culminating poster project the various statistical concepts and skills they learned throughout the school year.

The annual competition is open to individual students nationwide in kindergarten through grade 12 who are judged in four grade categories—kindergarten-grade 3, grades 4–6, grades 7–9, and grades 10–12.

Each poster submission is judged by teachers and statisticians on the following elements:

• Overall impact of the display for eye-catching appeal, visual attractiveness and its ability to draw the viewer to investigate the individual graphs (more than one graph is required for all but the K–3 category)
• Clarity of the message's demonstration of important relationships and patterns, obvious conclusions and ability to stand alone, even without the explanatory paragraph on the back
• Appropriateness of the graphics for the data
• Creativity

Go to for more information about the ASA 2013 Statistical Poster Competition. The winning posters will be featured on this webpage on or about August 1. Winners from the Nevada competition can be viewed by going to

About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second-oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. Its members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA website at or call (703) 684-1221.

For more information about the Nevada Chapter of the ASA and the state competition:
David Thiel
[email protected]

For more information about the ASA and the statistical poster competition:
Jeffrey Myers
(703) 684-1221, Ext. 1865
[email protected]

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