Mathematicians magnificent in Africa

2016-05-03 14:56
The South African team that took part in the 24th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad and came out tops are, front from left, Dylan Nelson (deputy leader), Mpho Nkwana, SangEun Lee, Rauseenah Upadhey, Hannah Clayton, Liam Baker (team leader) and, back from left, Timothy Schlesinger and Ralph McDougall.

The South African team that took part in the 24th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad and came out tops are, front from left, Dylan Nelson (deputy leader), Mpho Nkwana, SangEun Lee, Rauseenah Upadhey, Hannah Clayton, Liam Baker (team leader) and, back from left, Timothy Schlesinger and Ralph McDougall.

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If you’ve got a head for figures then you should be celebrating with a group of young maths boffins who have come out tops in a major mathematics Olympiad in Africa.

This year 45 contestants from 8 African countries took part in the 24th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) that took place from 23 -30 April.
The South African team came out with flying colours ending up as winners in both the overall competitions as well as PAMO-G (the competition for girls). Tunisia was second and Ivory Coast third.

SangEun Lee not only won the PAMO-G, but also won the overall competition and was crowned the Queen of Mathematics for the second year in a row.
The event which took place in Senegal is a mathematics Olympiad catering for young African high school learners. Contestants wrote two tests consisting of three Olympiad problems each: tough questions requiring insight, ingenuity and logical rigorous proofs.

The South African team did extremely well with all six contestants walking away with medals.
SangEun Lee from St George’s Grammar School in Cape Town and Ralph McDougall from the Curro Durbanville Private School in Cape Town won gold medals while Timothy Schlesinger from Rondebosch Boys’ High School and Hannah Clayton from Rustenburg Girls’ High won silver medals.
Rauseenah Upadhey from Westerford High School and Mpho Nkwana from Clapham High School in Pretoria won bronze medals.

The team achieved this great success under the watchful eye of their team leaders: Liam Baker (team leader) and Dylan Nelson (deputy leader), two former medallists of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO), who trained the team.

Baker describes winning the PAMO as a great achievement for the South African team.
“The team did us proud and we are very honoured to have received all the medals,” he said.
“They have shown that hard work and determination is the key to success. The PAMO was well organised and the team members enjoyed the African experience.”

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