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Silver for DCS at Irish First Year Maths Competition


(from left to right) Marian Daly, Michael Moynihan (who set the questions and coordinated the competition), Krysztof and his father.

Congratulations to First Year DCS student Krysztof Wriblewski who came a very impressive second place in Cork, and third nationally, at the IMTA First Year Maths Competition on Saturday 28 April. Out of 5,000 students nationwide who took part in the first round of the competition, 500 were invited to take part in the final, held simultaneously in twelve centres around the country. Three DCS First Year students qualified for the final – Sean Barber (who came sixth in Cork, and 12th overall), Sean Grace, and Krysztof.

On the day, students had to attempt 25 problem-solving questions over the course of an hour. Sean Grace scored a very respectable 100 out of a possible 150 marks, while Sean Barber managed 133, to leave him on fourth place, just outside of the medals. Krysztof was the best placed of the DCS students – answering 24 of the 25 questions correctly, he scored 144 out of 150, missing out on First Place by the narrowest of margins.

Kryzstof and his maths teacher, Dale Burkley.

The three students, who are all involved in the DCS Maths Circle, enjoyed themselves enormously at the morning – and they all think that it is a shame they won’t be able to take part in the competition again next year!

Ciarán Ó Conaill