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NSW public school student attends the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

Photo credit: Steven Grayston

Ellen (Tianyue) Zheng, a year 12 student at Smith’s Hill High School in Wollongong, is making history by representing Australia in the 2018 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), an international mathematics competition for female school-aged students.

This first Australian team to take part in EGMO is proudly supported by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT).

Ellen discovered her true passion for mathematics when she attended an AMT Olympiad training school. It was here that for the first time she realised there was much more to maths than that taught in school. As a member of the inaugural EGMO team, she is excited to have the opportunity to solve geometry problems and explore Florence.

The team consists of year 12 students Yifan Guo, Alice Zhang, Ellen Zheng and the youngest member Grace He, who is in year 10. They will compete against other talented female mathematicians by writing proofs to six questions over two days!

The EGMO has steadily grown into a major international event since its inception and the Australian Mathematics Trust is excited to have the opportunity to support a team. In 2012 only 19 countries participated in EGMO, while in 2018 there are 52 participating countries including 16 non-European countries. The 2018 EGMO will take place in Florence, Italy, on 9–15 April 2018.

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. It is also supported by the Trust’s corporate sponsor, Optiver.

Source: Australian Mathematics Trust

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