St Andrew’s College pupil selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong

BY SUPPLIED - MAY 16, 2016

Nicholas Kroon, a grade 12 pupil at St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown, is one of six South African high school pupils to have been selected to participate in the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in Hong Kong from the 6-16 July 2016.

The competition dates as far back as 1959 when Romania hosted the first ever IMO. Today there are over 100 countries from five different continents that will be participating. In this Olympiad questions testing advanced thinking skills are chosen from mathematical topics including Geometry, Combinatorics, Number Theory and Algebra.

The IMO brings young minds together not only for competition purposes but also for instilling a spirit of friendship. The team has been selected based on the results of last year’s South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO), followed by an intensive training programme.

For the first time in South African IMO history the same team that participated in 2015 (as grade 11 pupils) was selected again. This will mean that they are much more familiar with the type of questions that are asked at the IMO and have gained valuable experience. In 2015 South Africa was ranked in the 55th position having moved up by nine positions.