HSE Lyceum Student Wins Bronze at International Competition in Kazakhstan
On January 8-14, the city of Almaty hosted the International Zhautykovsky Olympiad (IZO) in mathematics, physics, and computer science. In the computer science competition, HSE Lyceum 11th grader Alexander Potapov won a bronze medal. 84 teams from 21 countries including Norway, Romania, the UAE, and Nepal participated in the Olympiad.
Every year, more than a thousand high school juniors and seniors from different countries compete in the Olympiad, making it one of the world’s largest international academic competitions. Participants form their own teams, which must consist of seven juniors or seniors to compete in each of the Olympiad categories: three team members compete in the mathematics competition, two in the competition in physics, and two in the competition in computer science. While the student subteams compete in and are evaluated in their own categories, there is also a general team award category, which awards teams based on the performance of all their members from all categories.
At the competition, countries can be represented by several teams from different schools. Representing Russia this year were students from a range of strong physics and mathematics schools in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and other cities. This is the first year that the HSE Lyceum has competed in the event. Yury Bykov, Head of the Lyceum’s Informatics, Engineering and Mathematics study track, accompanied the team.
Alexander Potapov, 11th grade, HSE Lyceum
scored 202 points, taking 72nd place in the standings, which is equivalent to winning a bronze medal at the competition
‘The majority of the problems we had to do were interesting, though far from easy. I was up against a large number of strong competitors, both from Russia and other countries. Up to the last moment, I didn’t think I would place in any of the medalist categories, but, in the end, I ended up making it. However, regardless of that, I am glad I was able to participate in IZO; it was a unique and very valuable experience. And I am grateful to my teachers Vladimir Kurenkov and Vladislav Nevstroyev for helping me at the Lyceum. Without them and the knowledge they gave me, I would not have performed as well as I did at the competition. Thinking back to how I was in tenth grade, I can say that one year is definitely sufficient time to prepare for most of the competitions out there.’
One of the aims of the IZO is to showcase the quality of education in Kazakhstan and introduce participants and guests to Kazakh culture. While the competition itself lasted two days, the rest of the participants’ weeklong itinerary was designated for training, socializing, and sightseeing.
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