More Mathematics Success for College Students!

May 16, 2016 at 11:52 AM

The College is home to the top two secondary school mathematicians in Auckland! At the Auckland Mathematics Olympiad, staged at Auckland University on Saturday, students from the College won both the senior and junior divisions. Kevin Shen took out the senior (Year 12 & 13) category while Andrew Chen won the junior (Year 9-11) prize. This is the second year that Andrew has claimed the junior title! The Olympiad attracts the best mathematics students in Auckland representing schools from Albany to Karaka. The entrants had two hours to solve eight problems of increasing difficulty. The questions were written and marked by lecturers from the university’s Department of Mathematics and were designed to both intrigue and challenge the students.

Kevin and Andrew had already been selected to represent New Zealand at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong in July. The Olympiad, to be held in Hong Kong, pits the best secondary school mathematics students from all around the world against each other in a series of incredibly challenging mathematics problems from almost any field of mathematics. 

Kevin will make his third visit to the Olympiad, having already represented New Zealand in Thailand (2015) and South Africa (2014).  It is a truly remarkable feat to have made the team for three consecutive years. Andrew will make his first appearance at an Olympiad this year.  Andrew is likely to be the youngest member of the New Zealand team and one of the youngest competitors at this year’s Olympiad.

Congratulations boys and good luck! 

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