March 30, 2020
Every year in February, the Australian Maths Trust (AMT) holds a two-day Olympiad-level contest for around 130 high school students as the first step towards determining the six Australian representatives of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

3 MLC students; Grace He, Gen Conway and Grace Yuan have passed the test and will progress on to the next stage; an invitation to an exclusive April ‘Selection School’ with the AMT. This Selection School is a program for around 40 invitees, where the students have time to train their brains and test their knowledge.

It’s conducted with three separate streams of students; Junior, Intermediate and Senior with the Senior stream eligible for selection into the IMO team with others trained for future competitions. As the Selection School is going digital this year over growing health concerns, the girls will sit long practice exams facing a number of brain-boggling mathematical conundrums from their computers.

One of the students attending the April Selection School is Year 10 student Gen; “I got involved in the competition through MLC by participating in other maths competitions,” says Gen.
 
“Compass maths classes at MLC have helped me learn a lot and have more practice and experience, particularly Maths Mentoring on Friday.”
 
Grace He celebrates another mathematical achievement this year, having already been selected as one of four girls representing Australia in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad –  an all-female answer to the IMO competition. This will be Grace’s third EGMO, having already travelled to Italy for the 2018 competition and to the Ukraine for the 2019 competition.
 
Grace has always been interested in maths, and got involved with an extra-curricular maths training school in Year 8 which is how she was first introduced to the competition.
 
Although this year’s planned EGMO in the Netherlands has been cancelled, Grace can still count her appointment to the team as a massive achievement. As it currently stands, the EGMO is considering alternative options to holding a large event, like holding a virtual competition or postponing the event until the Summer holidays or 2021.
 

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