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Wollongong student takes bronze in international maths Olympiad

A Year 12 student from Smiths Hill High School in Wollongong has received a bronze medal in the annual European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad in Italy.

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The Australian 2018 European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad team, Ellen Zheng second from left.

Ellen Zheng, a Year 12 student at Smiths Hill High School, has received a bronze medal in the seventh annual European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad.

Ellen was one of four students representing Australia at the Olympiad in Florence, Italy, in the second week of April.

The team finished 20th out of 52 countries, with Grace He of Victoria receiving a silver medal, Alice Zhang of Queensland a bronze, and Yifan Guo of Victoria an honourable mention.

Ellen was selected after completing a series of examination papers last year, and attended two training campus earlier this year in Melbourne and Sydney.

Nathan Ford, Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) CEO, said, ‘The Trust congratulates our inaugural EGMO team on their fantastic results in the 2018 competition. It’s wonderful to see the team’s hard work pay off. I would also like to recognise the significant effort and leadership of Team Leader Thanom Shaw and Deputy Team Leader Michelle Chen in preparing and supporting the team.’

Visit the Australian EMGO team blog to read more about the team’s exploits and journey through the competition.

The AMT’s 2018 EGMO initiative received grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme and is also supported by its corporate sponsor, Optiver.

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