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Perse Sixth Former Thomas Read wins silver medal at International Olympiad in Informatics

7 Aug 2017

Thomas Read (Upper Sixth) has won a silver medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics in Tehran, Iran. His result ranks him 40th in the world in Informatics.

Having competed against thousands of students from across the UK in the national stage of the competition, Thomas was selected to represent the UK’s team against 83 teams from around the world in the international competition. Participants travelled from far and wide to take part, with countries such as Argentina, Syria and Taiwan being represented.

Thomas is the first Perse student to ever represent the UK in the international competition. Of his success, Thomas said: “I was excited to have the chance to take part in the competition. There were two five hour exams with three programming tasks to solve in each. It was very hard this year, and I was really pleased to get a silver medal. The people in Tehran were very welcoming, and we went on plenty of fun trips, including to Azadi Tower, a water park and a hike in the nearby mountains. It was great to meet lots of people from around the world who are all interested in maths and programming.”

Deputy Head (Curriculum) Paul Baker commented of Thomas’ success: “We’re absolutely delighted with Thomas’s achievement in this hugely demanding international competition. He has been working towards this from his early Secondary years and thoroughly deserves his hard-earned success in programming which I know future Perse students will now look to emulate.”

To see videos of what Thomas got up to on his trip, visit the International Olympiad in Informatics’ website here.

To see a full list of results for the 2017 competition, click here.

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