Parel Vallei High School’s top mathematicians
12 September 2019
Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West is extremely proud of three of their best mathematicians who excelled at the University of Pretoria’s 25th Mathematics Olympiad.
The Olympiad tests learners' mathematical abilities and they are tasked with finding practical solutions to challenging problems. The aim of the competition is for students to have fun whilst doing mathematics.
Danielle Kleyn, in Grade 11, also known as the Queen of Mathematics, achieved first place in her grade for the fourth consecutive year. Her brother, Benjamin, also finished in first position in the Grade 9 category while Louis Cronje was second in Grade 8.
What a remarkable achievement for Parel Vallei’s Mathematics department!
Earlier this year, Danielle successfully defended her title as the Best Girl in the Pan African Maths Olympiad (PAMO).
Last year the South African team, of which Danielle was part, did extremely well at both PAMO and PAMO-G (Pan African Maths Olympiad for Girls) and achieved 1st position in both divisions. During these Olympiads Danielle Kleyn was crowned as the African Queen of Mathematics and the team obtained one gold medal, four silver medals and one bronze medal.
This year Danielle and her SA team mates (Juliette Roux (from Herschel Girls’ School), Alex Sinclair-Smith (from Westerford High School), Kgaogelo Bopape (from Horizon High School in Johannesburg), Andi Qu (from St John’s College in Johannesburg) and Emmanuel Rassou (from South African College High School) finished second overall in the international competition.