Bull Creek student with ‘almost limitless’ maths potential finishes at top of Australian Mathematics Competition


All Saints’ College student Xiaoyu Chen.
All Saints’ College student Xiaoyu Chen.

A BULL CREEK resident among the top finishers at the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) has “almost limitless” talent, according to his teacher.

All Saints’ College student Xiaoyu Chen was among the highest ranked students after completing the 75-minute exam, sat by 300,000 students from around the world.

The Year 7 student fell just short of a perfect score, answering one of 30 questions incorrectly.

The result earned him an AMC medal, which an Australian Mathematics Trust spokesman said was given to less than one in every 10,000 participating students.

Mathematics Extension Teacher Monique Ellement said Xiaoyu’s “talent is almost limitless”.

“He has the talent and he’s meticulous in nature; he doesn’t make careless errors,” she said.

Xiaoyu will fly to Hobart in November for a ceremony recognising the results of students in the AMC, but it was not his only recent win.

Mrs Ellement said Xiaoyu helped All Saints set a record score at the WA Junior Maths Olympiad and he will also receive awards for English and science following the recent ICAS examinations.

“He’s a pleasure to teach,” she said.

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