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2018-10-09 06:01
Pictured are Thomas Hagsphil, chairperson of the Mathematics Olympiad Committee (left), and Juliette Roux.

Pictured are Thomas Hagsphil, chairperson of the Mathematics Olympiad Committee (left), and Juliette Roux.

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Good food and beauty sleep keep Juliette Roux from Herschel Girls’ Senior School in Claremont on good track with numbers.

Juliette was among six local learners that were awarded for excellence in maths at the South African Mathematics Foundation’s (SAMF) annual awards in Stellenbosch on Saturday 22 September.

She had previously won second place in a national competition, the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) Junior Division, earlier this year.

The Grade 8 learner says she also tops off her preparations for maths competitions with extra classes and practising previous question papers.

She says it is amazing that her long-term passion is bearing positive results.

For her, practising maths does not have to be formal. Anything that works with numbers interests her and she uses this to her advantage.

Talking about when her love for numbers first started, Juliette says: “I started loving maths when I was very little, and my dad played lots of number games with me. My junior school also encouraged me to keep discovering and learning more about mathematics and the world. I love thinking about and solving problems, because in the end it all makes sense. I feel very grateful and honoured by this award and the recognition from SAMF. It really is a gift when you can do well in something you really enjoy.”

She says maths can open many doors as she has been able to travel overseas to participate in competitions. She has been to Thailand, India and Bulgaria­.

Juliette advises the youth not to be afraid of maths and asking questions.

“Even if you are worried that it is stupid, because the most important thing is for you to understand.”

Juliette says because she is fascinated with space and the universe, she would like to become an astrophysicist and work at Nasa when she is older.

Juliette thanked her teachers and family for believing in her.

Other local winning learners and best performing schools included Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Rosebank and Wynberg Boys’ High School.

According to a statement, Rondebosch Boys’ High walked away with the awards for best performing overall school and best performing quintile five school.

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