Macleans College student wins 2024 Young Mathematical Story Authors competition

Posted on June 13, 2024

Two Macleans College students participated in the 2024 Young Mathematical Story Authors (YMSA) competition earlier this year.

The YMSA competition is an annual international competition which encourages young mathematics learners from 8 years old to 15 years old to create their own mathematical story picture books.

Year 11 student Gisele Chong (Kupe House) submitted a story titled ‘Carnival Adventure’. Her story was announced as the winner of the 2024 Cindy Neuschwander Award (the 12 – 15 years old category). Judges described Gisele’s winning story as well-written and delightful; clearly highlighting the practical uses of probability. This year was Gisele’s fourth year participating in the YMSA competition - in 2021 she was longlisted and last year she was shortlisted.

Year 10 student Chace Chong’s (Kupe) story titled ‘The Golden Sacrifice’ was one of seven entries shortlisted for the Cindy Neuschwander Award. The focal point of Chace’s story is a valuable watch pawned many years ago to help a family survive financially; using simple and compound interest to figure out the best way to save money to repurchase the watch.

Gisele and Chace’s success in the YMSA competition is particularly impressive, as there were 307 entries from 43 schools across 12 countries.