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Mathematicians claim haul of certificates from UKMT Intermediate Challenge

Mathematicians claim haul of certificates from UKMT Intermediate Challenge

A group of talented mathematicians at Rydal Penrhos continued their phenomenal success in a national competition.

No fewer than 28 pupils achieved certificates from an Intermediate Challenge that was run by the United Kingdom Maths Trust, after taking the special test earlier this year.

At the highlight of the school’s success is Juan Rajagopal, who earned a Gold certificate, a place at the Grey Kangaroo stage and Best in School despite only being in Year 8, something Department head Pete Richmond described as a “phenomenal” achievement.

Imogen Camp, Caitlin Qu and Ioan Peake-Jones also achieved gold and will now compete in the Pink Kangaroo on Thursday, March 16.

A host of pupils were rewarded for their hard work with a Silver certificate, with Carol Chen, Eddie Farrell, Gowri Pradeep, Will Sissons, Amy Yue, Jerry Zhao and Alicia Zhou all achieving the impressive accolade.

Rounding off the triumphs were Abhishek Bathula, Holly Battersby, Tallulah Batley, Zac Blomeley, Alan Chan, Matthais Fiorita, Jamie Lavery, Edward Patrick, Nicholas Fiorita, Miles Poller, Eric Boon, Bijou Rajagopal, Ryan Roche, William Stewart, Caitlin Teece, Celina Wiedenmann and Richard Wolfendale, who all secured a Bronze certificate for their efforts.

This success is the latest in a long line for Rydal Penrhos’ Maths Department, with the school recently crowned UKMT Junior Team Challenge regional winners to book their place in the national finals in London.

Lower Sixth pupil Emily Li gained a place on the British Mathematical Olympiad squad last year, while eight pupils achieved Gold certificates from the Trust’s Senior Challenge.

Headmaster Simon Smith, said: “To hear about such academic success is a credit to the pupils and the Mathematics Department.

“These pupils are involved in so many other areas of life too. They prove that it is possible to combine scholarship with all the other elements of our Five Ls Rydal Penrhos education.”

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