Padworth College student Jungi Park has triumphed to the top 3% of a national Senior Maths Challenge in which 82,000 pupils took part countrywide.
The Maths Challenge, which is highly regarded by educationalists throughout the country, is a competition for students in year 12 and 13 whereby the top percentage of participants receive a certificate in either Gold, Silver or Bronze to reflect their achievements. Out of the 82,000 contributors, 4,600 leading students are invited on to partake in a follow-on competition, which tests levels of talent far beyond the classroom curriculum.
Despite only being in year 12, Jungi was invited to take part in the Senior Kangaroo, the follow-on competition to the Senior Maths Challenge, where he was ranked in the top 25% of all participants.
The competition is designed to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using mathematical techniques to solve problems. James Fitzpatrick, who teaches mathematics at Padworth College, believes that Jungi’s success can be attributed to his method of combining intuition with work ethics and intellectual capacity.