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Canada performs well at 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics

Monday, September 10, 2018

We are thrilled to share news of Canada’s performance at the 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) held in Tsukuba, Japan. This is an annual competition for high school students in algorithmic problem-solving and computer programming. This year, over 335 students participated representing 87 countries.

Joey Yu finished in 26th place earning him a gold medal. He is a graduate of Thornhill Secondary School and now a first-year student in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

The other three members of our team earned silver medals. Victor Rong (entering Grade 12 at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute), Zixiang Zhou (a Grade 8 student from University Heights Public School now entering high school) and Ava Pun (entering grade 12 at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute) finished in 48th, 73rd and 75th place respectively. Ava was the top ranking female participant in the global competition.

Troy Vasiga, Victor Rong, Zixiang Zhou, Joey Yu, Ava Pun, Carrie Knoll, J.P. Pretti at the 2018 International Olympiad in Inform

L to R: Troy Vasiga, Victor Rong, Zixiang Zhou, Joey Yu, Ava Pun, Carrie Knoll, J.P. Pretti

These four extremely talented students put in a tremendous amount of effort in preparation for IOI 2018. Their results are among the best in the history of Canada at the IOI. We are very proud of the way they represented Canada and the University of Waterloo.

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