Macleans College students selected for international olympiads

Posted on May 30, 2024

Three Macleans College students have been selected to represent New Zealand at overseas olympiad events.

Jesse Zhang (Te Kanawa House) has been selected to attend the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), which will be held in Egypt at the beginning of September.

The IOI Is the most prestigious computer science competition in the world for secondary school students. The contest consists of two days of computer programming and solving various tasks of algorithmic nature.

Jay Zhao (Rutherford) has been selected in the New Zealand team to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad in Bath, England in July. This competition involves teams of contestants sitting maths exams (around 4.5 hours in length) each containing three problems, on two consecutive days.

Julia Escoto (Kupe) recently participated in a selection contest to pick the team to represent New Zealand at the European Girls Olympiad in Informatics (EGOI). Although the event is intended only for European teams, a limited number of countries from outside Europe are invited and New Zealand is lucky enough to be one of them.

Julia was selected as one member of the team of four to attend EGOI to be held in the Netherlands at the end of July. The EGOI comprises two contest days where the participants solve challenging algorithmic problems. The program is rounded off with excursions to explore the host country.

Julia also runs a coding club at Macleans College, with the aim of encouraging more girls to join the tech force.