8th March 2021 — Aanya, who is in year 9 at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, has been asked to represent the UK in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad.
At just thirteen years old, she is the youngest girl ever to represent the UK in this prestigious competition, and to get to this point she has sat a series of gruelling national competitions, all organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT).
First, Aanya sat the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge, a competition aimed at sixth-formers with around 200,000 entrants, and she scored within the top one per cent. Aanya flew through the next round, the British Mathematical Olympiad (BMO1) in November, which was sat by the top 1,300 pupils from round one. She did even better in round three (the BM02) - a challenging three-and-a-half-hour test with four questions – and came third across the UK against 100 other pre-university girls.
Ranking in the top 25 in the UK, Aanya has now been invited to join the team of four girls to enter the prestigious European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO). The competition was due to be held in Georgia in April but it will now be held online due to Covid-19.
Asked how she feels about being asked to represent the UK in such a prestigious competition at such a young age, Aanya said:
‘I‘ve wanted to make the UK EGMO team since primary school but I never thought it could happen so soon - everyone else in the team is a sixth-former and I’m still in year 9’.
Mrs Green, organiser of the UKMT Maths Challenges at Alleyn’s, said:
‘On International Women’s Day especially, the news that one of our young female pupils will be representing UK girls on this national team is just wonderful. Aanya’s hard work and determination has paid off and she fully deserves this tremendous success. We wish her luck for the European Olympiad in April.’