It all adds up for maths star Ed­wina

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­

WHAT do you get if you add one Ash­ford School pupil to 65,000 en­trants in a UK maths chal­lenge? The an­swer – a bril­liant re­sult from sixth form stu­dent Ed­wina Luo.

The 17-year-old man­aged to scoop the sec­ond high­est mark of all those who took part, with 121 cor­rect ques­tions out of 125, in the chal­lenge en­tered by stu­dents across the coun­try.

A record nine Ash­ford School stu­dents have qual­i­fied to take the Bri­tish Math­e­mat­i­cal Olympiad this month while 58 of the 91 stu­dents who en­tered man­aged to re­ceive gold, sil­ver or bronze cer­tifi­cates.

The East Hill school pupil took part in the round one chal­lenge on Fri­day.

Head of maths Bob Woodsworth said: “No one at Ash­ford School has ever achieved such a bril­liant mark be­fore and the whole Maths Depart­ment is thrilled and have passed their con­grat­u­la­tions to the en­trants.

“Last year, teacher Dr Sue Childs coached a team from the school who won the South East heat of the UKMT Team Maths Chal­lenge and she is help­ing the stu­dents to pre­pare for the Olympiad now.”

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