Computer competition top scorer Finn Ball (centre) with five of the 27 Alstonville students who shared the prize in the 2010 Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians.
Computer competition top scorer Finn Ball (centre) with five of the 27 Alstonville students who shared the prize in the 2010 Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians.

Alstonville's stars shine

ALSTONVILLE Public School students are continuing to show their strengths in maths and computer skills.

Results from the Federal Department of Education, Science and Training’s 2010 Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians placed the school equal first in Australia and New Zealand.

Around 260 schools comprising more than 3500 students entered the challenge with 27 of Alstonville’s entrants receiving awards.

Lily Bain, Locke Donohoe, Andrew Entwistle, Celia Hannam, Gabriel Paredez, Raneesha Saberi, Michelle Tabib, Regan Vidler, and Mikayla Williams attained perfect scores and received high distinctions.

In the recent 2010 University of NSW Australian Schools Computer Competition Finn Ball (Year 4) top scored with 28 from a possible 30 points.

He was in the top 1 per cent of the competition entrants and received a high distinction for his efforts.

Other top students were Jade Cusack, Locke Donohoe, Andrew Entwistle, Tom Gale, Joel Polak, and Raneesha Saberi, who each received distinctions.

Finn said that he wasn’t sure of his result but ‘I felt I went okay during the competition’.

“Some of the questions were quite hard, but I must have answered them correctly,” he said.

“I was really pleased when Mr (David) Wright told me that I earned a HD. That’s so good.”

He recently won an Australia-wide short story competition, Write4fun, with a story about the plight of orangutans in Indonesia through the destruction of their rainforest habitats.

Finn said that he needed to send a message that people should stop destroying the orangutans’ rainforests just for palm oil.



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