Andrew Knows his Numbers!

September 19, 2017 at 8:56 AM

Year 12 student, Andrew Chen continues to achieve at the highest level in his favoured subject, mathematics, adding yet another title to his string of successes!

Andrew started the year being awarded Top in the Country for Statistics in the NZQA Scholarship examinations held at the end of the previous academic year. He was only Year 11 when he sat this exam intended for Year 13 graduates. At the same time, he gained a scholarship in Calculus.

He then went on to be selected for the second year in row to represent New Zealand at the International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Brazil during July. The Olympiad gathers the best secondary school mathematicians from around the world to compete in a series of incredibly challenging mathematical problems from almost any field of mathematics. Andrew finished this competition with a bronze award.

His most recent success is a win in the nationwide Casio Victoria University Senior Mathematics competition. The preliminary round of competition was held earlier in the year at College. The top 200 papers from around the country were submitted to regional markers to select 15 finalists. After scoring highly in the preliminary round, Andrew was invited as one of the 15 finalist to be flown to Wellington early in September to pit his mathematical skills against the nation’s best young minds. We are proud that Andrew’s results placed him ahead of all the other candidates.

The College has been represented at this final round of competition six times. In 2006, 2011 and 2012, when former student Jo Lu won it, and again in 2015 and 2016 when Kevin Shen came second on both occasions. Well done Andrew on this fantastic achievement!

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