Ely maths student could represent the UK in Romania
PUBLISHED: 16:21 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:21 03 January 2018
A King’s Ely maths student could be chosen to represent the UK in Romania if he does well in a national competition.
Andrew Park has been invited to compete in the British Mathematical Olympiad (BMO) after claiming the title as King’s Ely’s second top score at a competition. Round one of the BMO lasts more than three hours and consists of six complex mathematical problems.
It comes after 25 King’s Ely sixth form students won 21 awards at this year’s senior maths challenge.
The contest, which is organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT), attracts more than 200,000 senior students from across the UK every year.
The King’s Ely team came home with a seven gold awards, seven silvers and seven bronzes.
King’s Ely’s top scorer on the day was Kevin Chen, followed by Andrew Park.
Kevin Chen, Eric Lin, Kayla Wang, Carlotta Rosenthal, Michael Zhang, Yutong Liu and Alexandra Hou will all sit the next stage of the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge – the Senior Kangaroo paper.
Only around 6,000 of the 200,000 students who enter the first round of the competition qualify to sit the paper, of which the top 25 per cent receive a merit certificate.
Kevin was the top scorer in the first round of the challenge and won a gold certificate.
In the Kangaroo round his score was matched by Eric, which saw them both winning merit certificates.
Audrienne Bezzina, head of maths at King’s Ely Senior, said: “I would like to say a huge well done to all of our mathematicians.
“Roughly only the top six per cent of students achieve a gold certificate, the next 13 per cent silver and the next 21 per cent bronze.
“From the original entrants, only one in 400 are invited to take part in the Senior Maths Challenge papers and around 11 in 400 are invited to sit the European Kangaroo papers. We are all very proud of our mathematicians’ achievements.”