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UK-wide Maths Olympiad honours Kilgraston pupil

Adding-up to a winner in UK Maths Olympiad

The annual, UK-wide, Mathematical Olympiad for Girls, has honoured a Kilgraston School pupil with a coveted Certificate of Distinction, earning her automatic entry into the next tier of the competition.

Upper Sixth pupil, Gemma C, will now proceed to the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 at the end of November, having scored within the top 60 girls in the country.

Commenting on her achievement, Gemma said: “This gave me the opportunity to apply my existing knowledge to very advanced problems. It was extremely challenging to produce the required full written solutions.”

The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is a tough, two and a half hour paper, consisting of five challenging problems. Each problem requires a full, written, solution and is marked out of 50. Every year, several hundred pupils take part.

Future potential

Competition organisers use the competition to help identify students who might become members of the UK team for future international competitions.

Gemma’s Maths Teacher, Mrs Vallance, said: “The Maths Olympiad aims to encourage girls to tackle advanced mathematical problems. We only enter pupils who have scored exceptionally well in other UKMT individual maths challenges. I am extremely proud of Gemma’s achievement.”

In 2018, Gemma was a merit certificate winner in the Maclaurin Olympiad – a follow-on round to the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge. This is a two hour competition consisting of six problems requiring full written solutions. Gemma has also attended a week-long UKMT Summer Camp.

Below is an example question, sat by Gemma, from the October 2019 paper.

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