There's No Stopping City's Sean When It Comes to Olympiads

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There's No Stopping City's Sean When It Comes to Olympiads


BYLINE: Xolani Koyana

A CITY pupil who last month won a mathematics competition has added yet another accolade to his name - computer whizz.

Sean Wentzel, a Grade 11 pupil at Westerford High School, was awarded the top prize at the SA Computer Olympiad after scoring an average 98 percent on two tests. He won R35 000 prize money and R4 000 for his school. In September, he beat off about 1 086 pupils from the Western Cape to win the SA Maths Olympiad.

This year's Computer Olympiad competition was Wentzel's second. In 2009, he was placed sixth. He said he entered this year because he enjoys the problem-solving that comes with computer programming and mathematics.

"It hasn't really hit me that I've won yet and I am not sure what I will do with the prize money.

"I am keen to use this achievement as a stepping-stone to compete at the International Olympiad in Informatics next year," Wentzel said.

Although he had scored 95 percent on the first day of the competition, the 18-year-old had doubts about his second day test, which turned out to be a spot-on 100 percent.

"About three hours into the second day, I solved the last problem. …

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