Cork Student Wins Silver Medal in European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 | Tags: Anna Mustata, Bishopstown Community School, European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, EGMO, Katie O’Connor, The High School, Antonia Huang, Mount Anville Secondary School, Mount Mercy College, Ioana Grigoras, Dr. Mary Hanley, UCD, Kieran Cooney, UCC, Department of Education, Competiton, Silver Medal, NUI Galway, Olympiad, Team Ireland, Tyndall, UCC Mathematics Enrichment, SFI Discover programme, STEM, Maths

Anna Mustata, a 15 year-old, 3rd year student from Bishopstown Community School in Cork, has won a silver medal in the fourth European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), held in Minsk, April 14-20.

The four students representing Ireland were:  Katie O’Connor, (5th year) from The High School in Dublin, Anna Mustata (3rd year) from Bishopstown Community School in Cork,  Antonia Huang (3rd year) from Mount Anville Secondary School in Dublin and Ioana Grigoras (5th year) from Mount Mercy College, Cork.

They were accompanied by team leader Dr. Mary Hanley from UCD, and deputy leader Kieran Cooney from UCC. The team’s participation was made possible with support from the Department of Education.

This is the fourth time Ireland has participated in the EGMO, The selection test for the Irish team is administered each year in February in each of the 5 mathematics enrichment training centres: UCC, UCD, NUI Galway, Limerick and Maynooth. For more information please visit http://www.irmo.ie/egmo.html.

Teams from 23 European and 7 invited countries participated in this year’s Olympiad. Team Ireland placed ahead of Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland and Norway teams among others.

The Ukrainian team placed first followed by teams USA, Serbia and Romania.

Anna, who brought home Silver Medal this year, is the veteran of the team. She first participated at the EGMO in 2013, when she was the youngest competitor and earned an honourable mention. 

Ioana, also from Cork, is at her second participation in the competition. Both Anna and Ioana have discovered their passion for mathematics through the UCC/Tyndall based Maths Circles initiative and continued their training with the UCC Mathematics Enrichment programme, while Katie and Antonia participated in the similar programme UCD.

Each year since 2012, the UCC Mathematics Enrichment students have earned honourable mentions in international competitions, but this is the first medal.

Some ex-olympians have continued their studies at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, while others, like Jonathan Peeters and Kieran Cooney, have chosen to stay home at UCC and are now active trainers in the maths circles and enrichment programmes.

These activities were sponsored in 2014 by the SFI Discover programme.