News 2020
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1 5/20/2020 Email from the Cartano Internet home page:

The Cartano Internet home page received emails from Cartano family members throughout the United States sending their congratulations to Sierra Cartano. We reported yesterday that Sierra graduated summa cum laude from FMU (Francis Marion University), class of 2020, and is the only Cartano ever to have graduated summa cum laude from a university.

Many of you requested follow-up information on Sierra since she has been off the radar and appears to have come out of nowhere. Sierra graduated with a double major in Mathematics and Finance. She was offered a job with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation last October and will be moving to Kansas City, Missouri to start with them on July 20, 2020.

Sierra had a 3.98+ GPA at FMU which translates to all A's and one B over the last 4 years.

On May 7, 2020, FMU recognized the top students with annual academic awards. The awards recognize the most outstanding students in various academic areas. Sierra won the following academic awards:

1. Mathematics Award from the Mathematics Department.
2. Finance Award from the School of Business.

The awards are selected by appointed committees and the faculty of each academic department, as appropriate. The awards are typically presented at a special ceremony during the final week of classes, but because of the pandemic, the campus was closed by an executive order from the governor. No ceremony will be held this year.

Sierra played 4 years of College Division II Women’s Soccer and was captain of the team for 3 of those years. Her coach observed that she had “Good composure on the ball....Has simple decision making qualities....Not flashy, but incredibly consistent....Very technical.”

Between January 31 and February 2, 2020, Sierra attended the 22nd annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She represented one of 116 schools from around the country in attendance with the common goal of supporting women in their pursuit of mathematics. Sierra gave a presentation on her summer research entitled, “Classifying Stocks by Sector Using Persistent Homology.” She used topology to determine if there was a relationship between stocks and their specific sector, using persistent homology and Python. Her report, entitled Persistent Homology with Stock Prices in Different Sectors, was published on the Internet at:

Between 2019 2020, Sierra was the President of the Francis Marion University Math Club.

Sierra volunteers her time to a number of charitable organizations. Since December, 2011, she has been a Member of the Support Group, Burmese Refugee Support Group.

Every year, the Mathematics Department selects an outstanding student to receive the Allen Mathematics Scholarship in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. Roger Allen. Sierra received the scholarship in 2019.

Sierra received many other awards, including:

Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society member
Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society
Phi Kappa Phi honor society
President’s List, 2016-2019
Three-time Academic All-Conference selection: Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award, 2017-2019
Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society
Pride of the Patriot Award 2020
Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll 2017, 2018, 2019
FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll 2016 (fall), 2017 (spring, fall), 2018 (spring, fall), 2019 (spring, fall).

Sierra was born in Raleigh, North Carolina as Sierra Rose Cartano. Her nickname is Kiki. She attended Enloe High School, which is a public magnet high school in eastern Raleigh, North Carolina.

We have added Kiki as the newest member of our Cartano Internet home page. A photograph of her is attached. Her email is:

Congratulations again to Sierra!

Cartano Internet home page
2 5/24/2020 Joan Cartano Savard's daughter, Katie, has just completed her first year in the MBA program at the University of Washington with an A average.
3 5/30/2020 Margaret Cartano Hewes' daughter, Julie, just had a baby girl named Margaret Joan. Margaret's other daughter, Jane, is pursuing her MBA degree.