Final day at camp: Squad selection test and squad announcement

In the morning, the 26 students sat the squad selection test. The 8 problems included Number Theory, Geometry, Combinatorics and Algebra, and the students were given 4.5 hours to do this.

Due to my supervision at the "upstairs", I could not take photos of people sitting the test at the "downstairs"; apologies for this.

Students sitting the squad selection test

Students sitting the squad selection test

Students sitting the squad selection test 2

Students sitting the squad selection test 2

The squad selection test

The squad selection test

Once the test was over at 1pm, the students were dropped in the city to explore, and meanwhile, the staff members assembled in the office, marked the test, and selected the squad members.

In the evening, at 7pm, the parents gathered in the Grafton Hall to attend the squad announcement ceremony. The ceremony consisted of Chris Tuffley's report on the 2014 IMO, Margot Phillipps and Ronald Chan's presentation on the IOI (International Olympiad in Informatics), announcement of winners in the Sunday and Tuesday puzzle games and the highlight, the SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT! 

26 proud students before the announcement ceremony

26 proud students before the announcement ceremony

Chris Tuffley reading the report on the 2014 IMO

Chris Tuffley reading the report on the 2014 IMO

Margot Phillipps introducing IOI to the students

Margot Phillipps introducing IOI to the students

Ronald Chan (silver medalist in the IOI) sharing his programming experience

Ronald Chan (silver medalist in the IOI) sharing his programming experience

Winners of the puzzle competition (from left: Chris Wan, Edward Chen, Claire Shi, Gary Qian)

Winners of the puzzle competition (from left: Chris Wan, Edward Chen, Claire Shi, Gary Qian)

Second equal in the puzzle competition (from left: George Han, Johnny Mottershead, Miles Lee)

Second equal in the puzzle competition (from left: George Han, Johnny Mottershead, Miles Lee)

Second equal in the puzzle competition (from left: Xuzhi Zhang, Prince Michael Balanay, Kevin Shen)

Second equal in the puzzle competition (from left: Xuzhi Zhang, Prince Michael Balanay, Kevin Shen)

Fourth in the puzzle competition (from left: Keiran Lewellen, Bon-Nyeong Goo, Kevin Lin)

Fourth in the puzzle competition (from left: Keiran Lewellen, Bon-Nyeong Goo, Kevin Lin)

Fifth equal in the puzzle competition (from left: Winston Yao, William Wang, Martin Luk, Liujia Chen, Wenrui Ma, Hao Jia)

Fifth equal in the puzzle competition (from left: Winston Yao, William Wang, Martin Luk, Liujia Chen, Wenrui Ma, Hao Jia)

Seventh in the puzzle competition (from left: George Li, Tony Wang, Brian Qi)

Seventh in the puzzle competition (from left: George Li, Tony Wang, Brian Qi)

The team who fought until the end (from left: Weber Wang, Yongwhan Shin, Amay Aggarwall, Ari Markowitz)

The team who fought until the end (from left: Weber Wang, Yongwhan Shin, Amay Aggarwall, Ari Markowitz)

Ivan Reilly announcing the squad

Ivan Reilly announcing the squad

Congratulations to the squad of the 2015 IMO Team, which is to travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  • Prince Michael Balanay
  • Edward Chen
  • George Han
  • Miles Lee
  • Keiran Lewellen
  • Martin Luk 
  • Brian Qi
  • Kevin Shen
  • Chris Wan
  • Tony Wang
  • William Wang
  • Xuzhi Zhang
IMO squad 2015 (from left: (standing) Xuzhi Zhang, William Wang, Miles Lee, Kevin Shen, Prince Michael Balanay, Chris Wan, Edward Chen; (sitting) Keiran Lewellen, Martin Luk, Tony Wang, Brian Qi, George Han)   

IMO squad 2015 (from left: (standing) Xuzhi Zhang, William Wang, Miles Lee, Kevin Shen, Prince Michael Balanay, Chris Wan, Edward Chen; (sitting) Keiran Lewellen, Martin Luk, Tony Wang, Brian Qi, George Han)   

Fun photo of IMO squad 2015

Fun photo of IMO squad 2015

After the ceremony, the end of the camp was celebrated by pizza, movie, a game of mafia, table tennis, billiards and a game of Mao.

Alan Parris (Chairman of New Zealand Billiards & Snooker Association) teaching the students the correct stance in hitting the cue ball)

Alan Parris (Chairman of New Zealand Billiards & Snooker Association) teaching the students the correct stance in hitting the cue ball)

It is sad to end the camp, but the experience we (both students and the staff) had was priceless.

Thank you to all the students who shared the experience with me:

  • Amay Aggarwall
  • Prince Michael Balanay
  • Edward Chen
  • Liujia Chen
  • Bon-Nyeong Goo 
  • George Han
  • Hao Jia
  • Miles Lee
  • Keiran Lewellen
  • George Li
  • Kevin Lin
  • Martin Luk 
  • Wenrui Ma
  • Ari Markowitz
  • Johnny Mottershead
  • Brian Qi
  • Gary Qian
  • Kevin Shen
  • Claire Shi
  • Yongwhan Shin
  • Chris Wan
  • Tony Wang
  • Weber Wang
  • William Wang
  • Winston Yao
  • Xuzhi Zhang

Also, thanks to all the staff members who organised or helped in the camp.

  • Alan Parris
  • Chris Tuffley
  • Ivan Reilly
  • Arkadii Slinko
  • Robin Hankin
  • May Meng
  • Igor Klep
  • Peter Huxford
  • George Han (student lecturer)
  • Stephen McConnachie
  • Rachel McConnachie
  • Phil Truesdale
  • Michael Albert
  • Ian Seong (myself)

-Photos and post by Ian Seong