On Saturday 10 October at the University of Melbourne, three Year 8 students, Ron Chen, Reilly Collins and Eddie Yu, were formally presented with Certificates of Merit for their outstanding individual achievements in the University of Melbourne School Mathematics Competition. As acknowledged at this ceremony, “in the traditional sense of the word, this competition is unashamedly elitist”. Only the most highly talented mathematical students are invited to participate. It attempts to identify, reward and encourage high mathematical talent among the school population. During the opening welcome from Prof Tony Guttmann, he congratulated all prize winners on their achievement “as only the most able contestants are successful at this level.” Some of this year’s recipients have also competed successfully internationally in similar competitions. The 2 hour competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify real mathematical talent. Of the approximate 1500 students in the Junior Division who entered, only 50 are awarded prizes, placing our three boys in this prestigious category and follows on from successes last year by both Ron Chen and Holly Fryer who each received Certificates of Merit and in 2013 by Alan Wu who received an Outstanding Award.
On behalf of the school, I would like to congratulate Ron, Reilly and Eddie for their excellent achievement.
by Gary Collins, Head of Mathematics and Anthea Watkins, Horizon Program Coordinator