Perse students strike gold in linguistics olympiad

Rachel Liu (Year 9)

Five Perse students have hit the Gold standard to progress to round two of the UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO).

Among them, Rachel Liu (Year 9) became the youngest ever Perse participant and only the second female student from the school to make it through to the second stage.

Rachel, who studies French and Spanish as well as speaking Mandarin at home, said: “I was very surprised to get through to round two because I know a lot of older students enter this competition.

“I just wanted to do something to test my logic and reasoning skills and thought it would be quite fun to do.

“I found some of the questions were hard because the language systems are different to English, but once you get the idea of how to solve the problems it became easier.”

Neelkantha Mukherjee (Year 11) achieved the highest mark among Perse students in round one, while Jem Bennett, Kiran Diamond (both Upper Sixth) and John Lau (Lower Sixth) also attained Gold medals.

A record number of 55 Perse pupils took part in UKLO this year, with 10 Silvers and five Bronzes also being awarded from the first round.

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