SLGGS Year 8 Student wins Gold in Mathematical Olympiad
Date posted:Thursday 19th July 2012
SLGGS Year 8 student, Duo Zhao (pictured), has proved herself to be one of the top young mathematicians in the country by winning a gold certificate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.
Duo was one of just 30 students from UK schools to achieve gold out of 1,200 participants. In an earlier, qualifying round, she was awarded Gold in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge along with 11 other Year 7 and Year 8 students from SLGGS.
Over 240,000 students from across the UK took part in the Junior Maths Challenge round of the annual contest run by the UK Mathematics Trust with roughly 6% of all participants receiving a gold certificate. As well as winning 12 golds, 34 SLGGS students were awarded silver certificates and a further 58 were awarded bronze.
Approximately 1,200 students from UK schools went forward to the Olympiad round along with Duo.
Mathematics teacher, Mrs Amanda Knight, who organises the maths challenge for the school was thrilled at Duo’s success: “We believe that the challenges help to develop and inspire interest in mathematics as well as raising the profile of maths within school. It’s a chance for very able mathematicians to shine, not only in school but beyond.”
The 11 other students from SLGGS who won gold in the challenge round were: Drishti Rai, Naomi Miall, Katherine Allen, Katie Perry, Rachel Atkinson, Li Pannani, Emma Latham, Laura Bertelli, Amy Smith, Jennifer Dong and Eleanor Beggs.
Sample questions from this year’s challenge included:
- Beatrix looks at the word JUNIOR in a mirror. How many of the reflected letters never look the same as the original, no matter how Beatrix holds the mirror?
- What is the smallest four-digit positive integer which has four different digits?
- There are six more girls than boys in Miss Spelling’s class of 24 pupils. What is the ratio of boys to girls in this class?
More information about the UK Mathematics Trust can be found online at www.ukmt.org.uk