28th Portuguese Math Olympics

In an exceptional feat, the brothers Miguel Martins Santos and João Pedro Martins Santos from Alcanena both won a medal in the 28th Portuguese Mathematics Olympiad, the closing ceremony of which was held on the 28th of March 2011 in the Garcia de Resende Theatre in Évora. Miguel, a 9th year schoolboy, won one of the three golds in category A (8th and 9th year), while João Pedro, in his 12th school year, won a silver in category B (10th and 12th year).

These students – as well as the other winners in both categories – received their medals from the hands of the Minister of Education, Isabel Alçada, whose support was fundamental for helping to expand the PMO which as from next year will include the 1st cycle (ages 6 to 10) and 2nd cycle (ages 10 to 12) of school education. The Minister Mariano Gago, who was unable to attend, was represented by the Secretary of State Manuel Heitor.

Also present were Évora City Hall represented by the Mayor, José Ernesto Oliveira, the headmistress of the host school Escola E.B. 2,3 de Santa Clara, Antónia Ilhéu, and Banco Espírito Santo – one of the main sponsors of the Olympiads -, represented by Eduardo Gonçalves. Other notable presences were those of the participants in the encounter of the organization of the Mathematics Olympiad of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries – a new competition that will be held for the first time soon.

The winning students in category B will now come up against former winners to represent Portugal in the International and Ibero-American Olympiads. In 2010, these competitions will be held in the Republic of Kazakhstan and in Paraguay, respectively.


The winners