A problem solving superstar at Rydal Penrhos has added to his impressive list of academic accolades with further national success.
Juan Rajagopal, a Year 8 pupil at the school, scored a highly impressive 53 out of 70 in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad, which put him in the top 50 entries from the 1,200 that qualified for the event.
The 13-year-old managed to successfully achieve three perfect solutions to a series of difficult questions, which secured him the silver medal, just one mark shy of gold.
He will receive a certificate of Distinction, a silver medal and a book prize in recognition of his accomplishment, in addition to a large round of applause from the Rydal Penrhos community at the school’s end of term Prizegiving Assembly on Friday, June 30.
This is the latest in a long line of triumphs for the pupil, who qualified for the prestigious showcase after gaining a Gold certificate, Best in School and Best in Year 8 for his efforts at the recent UK Maths Trust Junior Challenge.
He was also part of the Rydal Penrhos team that gained the Best in Wales crown at the UKMT Junior Maths Team Challenge, after winning the regional heat alongside Alicia Zhou, Baptiste Mazars, and Jerry Zhao.
Deputy head Tim Cashell, said:
“What Juan has managed to accomplish this year in the field of Mathematics is nothing short of extraordinary, and this result confirms his status as one of the brightest young minds anywhere in the country.”