Maragons’ mathematician in top 100 at Olympiad

The South African Mathematics Olympiad is the biggest Olympiad in the country, with almost 100 000 learners countrywide participating this year. It challenges learners to use problem-solving skills to solve mathematical problems not necessarily related to the curriculum. Creative problem-solving skills are very necessary and marketable in today’s technically orientated market place; hence, South Africa needs expert problem-solvers.

Maragon Ruimsig High Schools’ learner, Inge Odendaal, qualified for Round 3, placing her in the top 100 scholar mathematicians in country. The first round of the Olympiad was written in March 2017. Learners who achieved over 50 per cent in the first round qualified to compete in an even more challenging second round. Maragon had 65 learners in Round 1, of which 41 qualified for Round 2. Only the top 100 juniors and seniors in the country qualified for Round 3.

“The Maths Olympiad forces you to think outside the box. It is problem-solving that requires you to think beyond the mathematical formulae that you know,” said Inge.

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