On Saturday 28 October, over 370 future maths stars came together at UWA for the 2017 Western Australian Junior Mathematics Olympiad (WAJO). 97 teams of year 7, 8 and 9 students from 24 Perth schools competed to solve a range of mathematical problems and vie for over $3,500 worth of prizes.
Satellite events were held in Bunbury and Karratha attracting 93 students from 11 schools in the region. This was the third time a regional event has been held, with attendee numbers increasing from 2016.
The Hon. Samantha Rowe MLC, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training and guest of honour, addressed the students at the prize ceremony. The Jack Bana Award for Excellence for most outstanding Year 9 team went to All Saints College (Julius Clegg, Xiaoyu Chen, James Lund and Remi Hart).
In a first for the event, eight students achieved full scores and shared first place. The Cheryl Praeger Prize for Excellence for the most outstanding Year 7 student was shared by Xiaoyu Chen (All Saint’s College) and Joshua Chen (Christ Church Grammar School). The Year 8 prize was won by Jonathon Chen (Hale School), Lawrence Nheu and Keith Wong (Perth Modern School) and the University of Western Australia School of Mathematics and Statistics Prize for Most Outstanding Year 9 student went to William Steinburg (Hale School), Christopher Leak (Perth Modern School) and Jason Lu (Christ Church Grammar School).
Other WAJO prize sponsors included Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, New Edition Bookshop, Data Analysis Australia and the Mathematical Association of WA.
Photos of the event are available on request.
Ben Robson (UWA Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 7501