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Success In The Purple Comet Maths Meet

28 April 2015

Last Thursday, several students from Years 8, 9 and 10 voluntarily participated in the annual Purple Comet Maths Meet. Hyun Jin Kim from Year 12 organised and ran this event with support from Mr Brown and Ms Sharrock and tells us more about the event and how our students did.

  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi taking part in the Purple Comet Maths Meet
  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi taking part in the Purple Comet Maths Meet
  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi taking part in the Purple Comet Maths Meet

It was great to see so many students wanting to take part in this maths competition and engage themselves with some incredibly difficult questions. Purple Comet Maths Meet is an online Mathematics competition in which students form their own teams and collaborate with each other to solve as many questions provided as possible. In last year’s event, over 10,000 students participated in this competition in 2,700 teams.

Students in Years 8 and 9 entered the middle school division, whereas those in Year 10 entered high school division. The middle school division contained 20 questions with a 60 minutes time limit and the high school division involved 30 questions with 90 minutes. A global Maths event, the question papers were available in 27 languages including English, Korean, Chinese, Farsi, Danish, and Greek. Each participant had the opportunity to choose the language for their papers. Nine teams and 38 students in our school joined this contest, making us the second biggest school in China to participate in this event.

This year, our school got a fantastic result. One team in the high school division, composed of five Year 10 students came 1st in China and 93rd in the world, which is an outstanding performance. The valor of students did not stop in the high school division. In the middle school division, BISS Puxi teams came joint 1st, 3rd, joint 4th and sixth in China, ending up having all six top ranking teams.

I think that the Purple Comet Maths Meet in our school was worthwhile not only because students enthusiastically took part in it, but also because it gave me an opportunity to get involved in something I really enjoy and I was able to help students to do their best. In the lead up to the competition I helped students in younger year groups to form their teams and taught regular lessons based on past paper questions so that participants could do their best when they were actually in the competition. It was a great to be a part of it and well done to everyone on some great results!

Below you can see all the teams who took part and their rankings, both world ranking and country ranking.

Middle School

  • Brian Kim, Ryan Johnson, Edi Bodea, Moritz Frankholz, Remi Champagne, Nicolas De Bie: World Ranking 29 / Country Ranking 1
  • Woohyun Hwang, Frank Jang, Hong Woo Cho, Chang Woo Yang: World Ranking 29 / Country Ranking 1
  • Abigail Banks Hehenberger, Emma Andrick, Hiba Ajarti, Rebecca Jacobs, Elizebeth White: World Ranking 81 / Country Ranking 4
  • Joseph Izumi, Eddie Chan, Matthew Shih, Vladimir Sukhoi, Jinheon Choi, Alastair Choo: World Ranking 81 / Country Ranking 4
  • Jessica Jiang, Angela Jiang: World Ranking 226 / Country Ranking 8
  • Harvey Yuen, Kai Emanuele Richelmy, Josh Kwak, Kai Wen Yeoh, Ryan Wee: World Ranking 161 / Country Ranking 6
  • Dayeon Ryu, Ting Yu Tsao: World Ranking 329 / Country Ranking 10

High School

  • Juyeon Ryu, Zieho Choi, Jiho Noh, Hyun Woo Kim, Hwanhui Kim: World Ranking  93 / Country Ranking 1
  • Kun Hee Ryu, Wooseok Kang, Jae Kun Lee: World Ranking 223 / Country Ranking 3

- Hyun Jin Kim, Year 12

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