Math star shines

Melville Times - - Front Page -

A BULL CREEK res­i­dent among the top fin­ish­ers at the Aus­tralian Math­e­mat­ics Com­pe­ti­tion (AMC) has “al­most lim­it­less” ta­lent, ac­cord­ing to his teacher.

All Saints’ Col­lege stu­dent Xiaoyu Chen was among the high­est ranked stu­dents af­ter com­plet­ing the 75-minute exam, sat by 300,000 stu­dents from around the world.

The Year 7 stu­dent fell just short of a per­fect score, an­swer­ing one of 30 ques­tions in­cor­rectly.

The re­sult earned him an AMC medal, which an Aus­tralian Math­e­mat­ics Trust spokesman said was given to fewer than one in ev­ery 10,000 par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents.

Math­e­mat­ics ex­ten­sion teacher Monique Elle­ment said Xiaoyu’s “ta­lent is al­most lim­it­less”.

“He has the ta­lent and he’s metic­u­lous in na­ture; he doesn’t make care­less er­rors,” she said.

Xiaoyu will fly to Ho­bart in Novem­ber for a cer­e­mony recog­nis­ing the re­sults of stu­dents in the AMC, but it was not his only re­cent win.

Mrs Elle­ment said Xiaoyu helped All Saints set a record score at the WA Ju­nior Maths Olympiad and he will also re­ceive awards for English and sci­ence fol­low­ing the re­cent ICAS ex­am­i­na­tions.

“He’s a plea­sure to teach,” she said.

All Saints’ Col­lege stu­dent Xiaoyu Chen with his gold medal.

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