St Andrew's pupil Nic Kroon overall winner of 2016 SA Maths Olympiad

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

The South African Mathematics Olympiad is the biggest Olympiad in the country, with more than 85 000 pupils participating this year.

At a recent provincial awards ceremony it was announced that the top second round performers in the Eastern Cape were both from St Andrew’s College - Michael Velloza in the junior category and Nic Kroon in the senior category.

The top 100 juniors and top 100 seniors from Round 2 took part in the gruelling final round. Alex Pezarro joined Michael and Nic as the third College boy in this elite group. 

Nic is no stranger to the final round of the Olympiad having received a silver medal for placing in the top 10 every year since he was in Grade 8. This year things turned out slightly differently. At the SA Maths Foundation’s annual awards banquet held in Johannesburg last weekend it was announced that Nic Kroon was the overall winner in the senior category of the 2016 SA Maths Olympiad.

This is a staggering achievement and to take top honours in his final year at College is a fitting finale to Nic’s extraordinary mathematical journey. In addition to a gold medal, the first place prize included a new iPad and R10 000 in cash.