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Meet the Award Winners of the International Youth Math Challenge 2019
04. January 2020 at 22:04
by Fabian Schneider
The International Youth Math Challenge of 2019 was a great success with about four thousand participants from all around the world! The math problems of the qualification, pre-final and final round have been challenging: Nine students have achieved awards for their outstanding performance, and additionally, eight schools have received special awards!

The International Youth Math Challenge is an online competition that uses the possibilities of the 21st century to provide students around the world with a global math experience. Mathematics is essential for the understanding of the world, scientific achievements, progress, and prosperity in our societies. There is no doubt that math education is crucial for students of all ages. Because of that, the International Youth Math Challenge aims to establish an accessible opportunity that teaches math skills and knowledge through exciting and application-oriented problems. This year's competitions took place from September to December, many students received medals for their outstanding performance, and nine participants received special awards for outstanding achievements.

1. Prize: Ziqian Xia

The outstanding student Ziqian Xia was able to achieve the 1. prize in this year's competition. He is from China and studies at the Nanchang University. Ziqian Xia says, "Mathematics is a powerful tool for me. Through mathematics, I can explain the world and predict the future, which makes me excited. And I think the beauty of mathematics lies in its strength and preciseness." Besides mathematics, he has other passions and hobbies: "I like programming and writing, which keeps my mind peaceful. At the same time, I like meditation, which gives me the opportunity to organize what I have learned in the day."

2. Prize: Bui Phuong Tra 

The 2. prize was awarded to Bui Phuong Tra from Viet Nam. She studies at the Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted and her success story is unique. She says, "In primary school, I actually had no liking for Mathematics and at the same time not excelled at it as well while surrounded by many fellow "geniuses" in the field. I remember the significant gap: on the most difficult paper, I got 5 points out of 20 while the best students scored 18 or 19, which was utterly intimidating. Eventually, I failed the entrance exam to top prestigious schools in my region. However, the U-turn was when I met the most inspiring and wonderful Math teacher in my extra classes. She taught students with such patience and fascinating methods that made me, who never really understand a proper Math problem, have more faith in myself and do not hesitate to solve challenging problems. Ever since those moments, I have been more indulged in Mathematics, applying the subject to my daily life and helping people who need assistance in bettering themselves."

3. Prize: M. M. Fahad Joy 

The student M. M. Fahad Joy from Bangladesh studies at the Dhaka Residential Model College. He reached with his excellent performance the 3. prize this year and will continue to challenge himself. Fahad Joy emphasizes the importance of his family and teachers throughout the competition and says, "My favourite Math Equation is the Cross Ratio. I learnt it last year and since then it seems to me as the most interesting Math Fact or Equation. Beside, I just adore Fermat's Little Theorem and the magic similarity of triangles in Geometry. Just amazing!".

Regional Awards of 2019 

Additionally, we asked the regional award winner what sparks their interest in mathematics? Let's hear their answers:

  • Ahmed Trkić (Bosnia and Herzegovina): "To understand math means to be able to connect with people who are different, who don't share the same cultural norms. In a globalized world, this is necessary skill. Mathematics is a common denominator for connecting people so they can form strong communities made up of diversity. Mathematics has a rich cultural history that many people don't know about. There is no definition of Mathematics. It's the queen of science."
  • Zhaudir Dauitbay (Kazakhstan): "I love accuracy and Mathematics is a since which needs it a lot. Maths helps us think analytically and have better reasoning abilities. By solving mathematical problems I can develop my brain therefore I am really interested in Maths. I think it is a major part of my life."
  • Ufuoma Asarhasa (Nigeria): "I've been interested in maths since I was 7. My interest in maths began when I discovered that different methods could be used to solve one problem accurately. In general, I love mathematics because I can use it to understand and solve various problems in other fields of study."
  • Muhammad Shaheer Rehan (Pakistan): "I love mathematics because it is a world in which I feel free to let my mind run wild and free. I love figuring out how to solve new and exciting math problems. The joy when you finally crack open a problem is second to none, if you ask me."
  • Caio Shinji Azuma (Brazil): "Because I think that mathematics are the base of the world. For me, everything can be explained using the math, a very incredible science and something that always surprise me."

IYMC School Awards of 2019

To emphasize the crucial role of teachers and schools for mathematical education, the IYMC award three school awards to honor the efforts of the teachers and the school: Lycee Notre Dame De Citeaux (Rwanda) receives the "IYMC School Award for Most Participants" and the Lahore Grammar School Johar Town (Pakistan) receives the "IYMC School Award for Most Finalists". Also, six schools receive the "IYMC School Award for Excellence" for many outstanding students that have achieved high results throughout the overall competition: Allen Career Institute (India), Maple Leaf International School (Bangladesh), German Swiss International School (Hong Kong), Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (Nigeria), Gashora Girls Academy Of Science And Technology (Rwanda), and Philippine Science High School - Central Luzon Campus (Philippines).

Further Information

For more information, please visit the official website of the International Youth Math Challenge ( and view the official announcement of the winners and awards: Official Announcement 

Cite This Article As: Fabian Schneider. "Meet the Award Winners of the International Youth Math Challenge 2019." International Youth Journal, 04. January 2020.

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