Three Mumbai students bag gold medals in international Olympiad

Mumbai city news: 4.5 lakh students took the tests internationally
Arnav Nigam wins his award.(HT)
Arnav Nigam wins his award.(HT)
Updated on Jun 10, 2017 10:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Three Mumbai students bagged gold medals in an international Olympiad that was conducted last year.

Of 4.5 lakh students who took the tests internationally, Arnav Nigam from Vibgyor High School, Malad, Aryaa Rojekar from Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and Advait Sangle, Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai, stood first.

Participants were tested in mathematics, science, and cyberspace. The Olympiads saw participation from 42,800 schools across 1,400 cities in 25 countries.

Aryaa has bagged the gold medal in the science Olympiad for the third year in a row. “It is a hat-trick for Aryaa. She has always been an over-achiever,” said Supriya, her mother. 

Advait Sangle collects his medal and certificate. (HT)
Advait Sangle collects his medal and certificate. (HT)

Nine-year-old Arnav, who topped the math Olympiad, received an academic scholarship of Rs5,000 from the Maharashtra and Goa governments.

“He does well in Olympiads,” said Reema, his mother. 

Advaiit, who topped the cyber Olympiad, said tinkering with computers had helped him. “I did not mug up the answers for computers. Instead, I practised regularly, so I knew the commands,” he said.

The students received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each, a gold medal and a certificate.

Arya Rojekar was all smiled when she collected her award. (HT)
Arya Rojekar was all smiled when she collected her award. (HT)

“Mumbai students came out with flying colours,” said Mahabir Singh, founder and director, Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF), which conducted the tests and felicitated the winners on June 4. 

The top 3 SOF international rank holders from classes 1 to 12 were awarded. There were 177 awards in total. About 42,000 students from 5,100 schools have been awarded for their state ranks. In addition, over 8 lakh students have been awarded “Medals of Excellence” their school ranks.

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