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Talented mathematicians reach national final of UKMT Junior Team Challenge

Talented mathematicians reach national final of UKMT Junior Team Challenge

A group of talented mathematicians at Rydal Penrhos have qualified for the national final of a high-profile competition.

The team of Baptiste Mazars, Juan Rajagopal, Jerry Zhao and Alicia Zhou emerged victorious from the United Kingdom Maths Trust Team Challenge regional heat, which was held on Thursday, March 2.

A total of 12 schools across the region took part in the event, and the Rydal Penrhos team will now head to Lindley Hall in London for the national finals in June.

Working well as a group, the four started the competition strongly in the Group Round and Crossnumber Challenge, and found themselves occupying a top three position heading into the afternoon.

They continued their exceptional teamwork and surged clear of the other schools after the Shuttle Round and Relay, which propelled them into top spot ahead of Ruthin School and Ysgol John Bright, who finished second and third respectively.

Head of Mathematics Pete Richmond, said: “It is so nice to see pupils enjoying working on their mathematics and problem-solving with one another, doing something that they don't always get the opportunity to in the day-to-day classroom situation. 

“Well done, too, to the runners-up, Ruthin School, and to Ysgol John Bright who gained third place.”

Headmaster Simon Smith also expressed his delight at the news, and added: “It is excellent to see this sort of academic success.

“We are a school which prioritises learning and a love of that learning. These talented pupils and their maths teachers are to be congratulated for their efforts and the hard-work which goes into preparing for such events.

“It was a pleasure to award them their certificates in Chapel this morning (Monday) and I wish them every success in the finals.”

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