Perth Modern School student Angel Yu has been recognised as the most outstanding Western Australian mathematics student for the second year running.
Education Minister Liz Constable congratulated Angel for winning the prestigious Phill Schultz Prize at the 2011 Western Australian Junior Mathematics Olympiad, held last weekend and attended by more than 400 secondary school students from across the State.
The Phill Schultz Prize is awarded to a student who has performed best in all mathematics activities during the year prior to the event.
“Although there were a number of candidates for the prize, Angel has demonstrated exceptional skill in Mathematics Olympiads and other competitions throughout the year and is a deserving winner,” Dr Constable said.
“On top of his Year 12 studies, this year Angel has represented Australia at the International Mathematic Olympiad where he obtained a bronze medal, and he was awarded a gold certificate in the Australian Mathematics Olympiad.
“He continues to show huge potential for future success in all mathematics related endeavours.”
The Minister said challenges presented in the Olympiad provided students with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving strategies and the chance to work collaboratively with others, which are extensions of the work covered in class.
The high quality education provided by Western Australian schools this year resulted in the State recording the biggest national improvement in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
Olympiad has been running for 14 years at The University of Western Australia
Olympiad initiated by Dr Elena Stoyanova of the Department of Education, and UWA Professor of Mathematics, Dr Luchezar Stoyanov
The organising committee was chaired by the Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger, the 2009 WA Scientist of the Year
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