HS student bags silver at Intl Math Olympiad

Posted at 07/13/10 4:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A Filipina high school student bagged the silver medal at the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Carmela Antoinette Lao, a senior high school student from Saint Jude Catholic School in Manila, received the silver medal at the prestigious contest. She also received a bronze medal in last year's IMO.

Fellow Filipino delegates Henry Jefferson Morco and Zheng Rong Wu were given honorable mentions.

This represents the largest medal haul of the country at the IMO, said to be the hardest math contest in the world.

The Philippine team will arrive in the country on July 15, Friday.

At the IMO, the Philippines ranked 74th over-all among 90 countries. China held the topmost spot, followed by Russia and the United States of America.

Reputed to be the oldest and most prestigious of the scientific Olympiads, IMO is an annual mathematical competition where contestants solve 6 problems in 2 days with the aim of getting as much as 42 points. Participants spend 4.5 hours answering a three-problem exam per day.

Contestants who got more than 27 points receive gold medals while those who got more than 21 are given silver medals. Honorable mentions are given out to students who "obtained full marks for at least one problem."