A group of Mathematicians at Rydal Penrhos have reached the national final of a prestigious competition.
Emily Li and Linda Wang, Year 13 pupils at the school, together with the Year 12 duo of Imogen Camp and Caitlin Qu, showed off their academic prowess to emerge victorious from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Senior Team Challenge regional heat, which was held at the Sixth Form Ferguson Centre on Thursday, November 30.
The event consisted of three rounds, with the first consisting of ten questions which they had 40 minutes to solve.
They then successfully embarked on a cross-number stage, which takes on the form of a crossword but with numerical answers rather than words, with one pair working on ‘cross’ clues and the other turning their attention to the ‘down’ clues.
The competition ended with the critical shuttle round, where the foursome were tasked with four questions that followed on from each other to conclude proceedings.
After a competitive afternoon featuring a host of schools from North Wales and the North West, the Rydal Penrhos quartet were awarded first place after accumulating an impressive 160 final score from a possible 180 points.
The group will now begin preparing for the UKMT Senior Team Challenge national championships, which will take place on February 6 in London.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “This was an outstanding effort and congratulations go to Emily, Linda, Imogen and Caitlin on winning the regional heat and qualifying for the national final.
“They have all been working hard with Head of Mathematics Rhian Williams in the lead-up to the event and it has clearly paid off for them, and this is further proof of the fantastic work being done academically for our pupils at Rydal Penrhos.”