Mul­ti­ple rea­sons to en­joy girls prep win

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - TIM O'CON­NELL

Whether it’s the hon­our of be­ing the first all-girl team to win the Y7 Nel­son Mathix tro­phy or small vic­to­ries like get­ting one over your twin, Nel­son Col­lege for Girls Prepara­tory had mul­ti­ple rea­sons to be pleased with them­selves.

The four-per­son team of Grace Roberts, Sarah Cools, Lily El-Sherif and Zoe Brookes took out their cat­e­gory at the an­nual maths event, held at Motueka High School on Au­gust 20.

They are un­der­stood to be the first all-girls Year 7 team to take home the cone-shaped tro­phy in the events his­tory.

’’We don’t need a Christ­mas tree this year,’’ Brookes said in ref­er­ence to the di­men­sions of the tro­phy.

It is the 18th year the Nel­son Marl­bor­ough Math­e­mat­ics As­so­ci­a­tion has held the com­pe­ti­tion, bring­ing to­gether the best young math­e­mati­cians from across the re­gion.

The 11 to 14-year-olds rep­re­sented their schools in teams and com­peted to solve a range of chal­leng­ing math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems.

Each time they solved one, a team mem­ber ran with their answer to the mark­ing panel.

If the answer was cor­rect they re­ceived the next prob­lem, while an in­cor­rect answer meant the team had to try again.

The four girls fin­ished their al­lot­ted ques­tions four min­utes ahead of the sec­ond-placed team.

They even had enough time to in­ad­ver­tently answer the tie-breaker ques­tion.

And yes, they got that right too. For Brookes, who was also the team run­ner, beat­ing her twin brother Sam was just as en­joy­able as com­ing first.

Roberts said the win was put down to team­work, while Cools said mas­ter­ing old ques­tions from pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tions had been a big help in pre­par­ing for the event.

The Nel­son Col­lege Prep equiv­a­lents also per­formed well at the event, with the Year 7 came 3rd and the two Year 8’s teams com­ing 2nd and 3rd.

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