A St Andrews schoolgirl has achieved ‘sumthing’ special!
Today (Friday) Yijie Shen, an upper sixth form (S6) pupil at St Leonards School, will be one of only 1000 students from across the UK taking part in the prestigious maths contest, the British Mathematical Olympiad.
Yijie qualified for the complex problem solving event by being one of the top performers in the UKMT (UK Mathematics Trust) Senior Mathematical Challenge which is open to all 16-19 year olds and aims to stimulate interest in maths.
Remarkably, this is the second year in a row that Yijie has earned a spot in the Olympiad event and the 18-year-old has been preparing for the demanding three-and-a-half hour paper by tackling university level questions.
If successful, Yijie will be in with a chance of representing the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Argentina next year.
St Leonards pupils performed strongly across the board at the Senior Mathematical Challenge, picking up four gold, three silver and five bronze awards, with another pupil, Jiayang Sun, also qualifying for the ‘kangaroo’ follow on event.