2015-16 NZMOSA Student Committee

We're excited to announce the members of the 2015-16 NZMOSA Student Committee! We had a lot of competition and tough decisions to make, but we hope that through this annually selected student committee, we'll be able to extend the reach and activities of the NZMOSA

Here are the 18 committee members listed alphabetically by surname:

Amay Aggarwal
I’m Amay Aggarwal, and I am currently a Year 12 student at King’s College.  Having attended the 2015 Maths Olympiad Training Camp, I was astonished to discover that there is a completely different side to maths from what we learn in the classroom. People often ask, “why do we learn all these formulas, if we are never going to use them in real life?” and I feel that Olympiad Mathematics provides the answer; it focuses on applying what you know rather than just simply restating formulas without any real understanding. I hope to be able to spread this message as part of the NZMOSA committee for 2016, and inspire younger students to pursue mathematics at the Olympiad level.

Archie Buissink
Hi, I’m Archie Buissink. I’m currently in Year 11 at Auckland Grammar studying AS Maths, IGCSE English, History and Triple Science. I’m a new member on the LaTeX and Communications teams for NZMOSA, and look forwards to working with all of you over the next year. I applied for this role on the executive committee because I would love to increase the amount of people involved with maths and NZMOSA. Only three people from my school consistently went to the NZMOSA lectures, and I think more people would be interested if they knew more about NZMOSA. I look forward to meeting all of you soon, and here’s to a successful year!

Ivy Chen
Hi there, my name is Ivy, I am in Year 12 and I currently attend Auckland International College (AIC). I have a wide range of interests, including badminton, piano and maths. I also enjoy boxing, rare for girls, (but I believe that no one should be defined by stereotypes). From a young age, I have been especially attentive to problem solving and such that require me to develop flexible thinking patterns. This is also the reason why I decided to try out for the NZMOSA committee and was then fortunate enough to be provided with the opportunity.
Furthermore, by having the chance to attend the Maths Olympiad Camp in 2014, I have discovered more about myself and what I am capable of. Thus, by joining the committee, I hope to encourage more youths around New Zealand to have similar experiences that I have had, not only about maths but also about themselves and their potential.

David Cui
My name is David and am currently Year 12 at Kristin School. My interests include drawing and graphical work, programming, and mathematics, which is why I signed up for this opportunity in the first place. 
I have been placed in the design team - I look forward to working with you all.

David Huang
Hello everybody, my name is David and I will be a part of the NZMOSA student committee for the upcoming year. I am currently a year 11 student attending Papanui High School and I am based in Christchurch. I really enjoy mathematics and I am honored to be part of this awesome team of passionate young people helping to foster passion and interest for mathematics among high school students. My passion will be to introduce and get more students to be aware and interested in participating in Olympiad competitions such as the NZMO. I will be a part of the lecture team working for the NZMOSA student committee in the upcoming year. 

Lucas Lee
I am currently a year 12 Korean student studying at Macleans College in East Auckland. I am involved with a variety of co-curricular activities around the school consiting of golf, orchestra, choir, concert band, debating and duke of edinburgh. Some of my hobbies include watching korean movies, playing computer games and driving. Although I'm not a math prodigy who has competed at national and international competitions , my passion for mathematics has always been strong. Throughout high school, I have been an passionate and competent mathematician and I aim to perform well in the NZQA scholarship math examinations this year as well as the MAX course at UoA next year.

Miles Lee
My name is Miles and I am currently in Y13 at Auckland International College. I like thinking about problems, and so mathematics has been a source of enjoyment for me. Therefore, I have joined NZMOSA so that my interest may be of use to other people. I hope that I can think of interesting and challenging problems for likeminded people to tackle.
I am especially fascinated by Ptolemy’s theorem, so if anyone finds any problems that use this, please send them to me.
I look forward to working with you all.

Eva Lok
My name is Eva, I'm studying biomedical science at the University of Auckland. I don't study maths any more but it's still a passion of mine; nowadays, I keep up with my maths by tutoring intermediate and high school students. I hope to be able to make an impact in the way maths is taught in New Zealand and to encourage students to achieve their best. I look forward to meeting you all :)

Caitlin Shepperson
Hi, I’m Caitlin, and I’m a year 13 student at ACG Parnell College. I’m very excited to be joining the communications and sponsorship team for NZMOSA this year. My hobbies include springboard diving and playing the piano, as well as tutoring mathematics to younger students both in and out of school. Despite not studying maths this year, after finishing A-level last year, I have been keen to assist others and help them understand the importance of mathematics - in particular helping young girls to reverse the stereotypes about their ability to succeed in mathematics. 
I look forward to working with NZMOSA, as I aim to show students that solving problems can be useful, fun and rewarding at the same time.

Claire Shi
Hi Everyone, I’m Claire. Just briefly, I’m 15 years of age, and live in Palmerston North. I enjoy reading (my friends I met at Yale University are still waiting for me to mail them some rocks from Mt Doom), playing the piano, and for the last non-Asian activity - I still do a little swimming. Of course, mathematics would also be on that list. But mathematics isn’t all about the work though right? Thus perhaps one way to get people excited about math is to make them roll their eyes at exceptionally dry math jokes, which I will leave you with now. “Parallel lines have so much in common. Shame they’ll never meet”.
I look forward to working with you all!

Loren Skudder-Hill
Hi everyone! It's an absolute pleasure to be offered a position as a part of NZMOSA. I really am passionate about maths and the opportunities that school students across New Zealand can pursue, as our generation's next leading mathematicians. Completing both the Cambridge and NCEA mathematics syllabus during my schooling has enabled me to develop an objective perspective upon both curriculums, as well as also challenging me to gain a much broader understanding of general maths. I look forward to bringing such ideas with me to NZMOSA, as well as the philosophy that maths can be, and is, a lot of fun!

George Wang
Hi! I'm George Wang, a Year 12 student from Westlake Boys High School, and I am thrilled to be joining the communications team of NZMOSA this year.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing violin as well as composing music. Other interests include chess, debating and photography. I look forward to working with all of my fellow committee members.

Zhong Wan
Hey everyone, this is Chris Wan from the lecture team. I'm currently studying Bachelor of Commerce and Science conjoint at University of Auckland, majoring in Statistics and Economics. What I enjoy from Maths Olympiad is logical thinking, the idea of looking for new perspectives, and also the fact that it connects me with loads of brilliant people. Really looking forward to working with you all and feel free to contact me if there is anything that I can help.

Ernest Wong
Hi! I love computers. I love maths. I love physics, and I love creating probably-crazy things. I love it, when clouds of chaotic complicated stuff suddenly part away, and something beautiful and simple remains. I love it, when I try so hard to make to make this introduction sound good, but which by the end turns out so, so horrible. Well, that’s pretty much me. But I’m very excited to be joining this team on this amazing journey. Our school’s maths olympiad clubs are growing, but this is different. This is New Zealand’s maths. Even if I only tinker with maths typesetting, bits of LaTeX code or something, I’m going to affect the way maths is seen! I’m really excited to meet you all. Cheers.

Jacob Xu
Hello everyone! Thank you for laying emphasis upon NZMO! My name is Jacob Xu and I am currently a member of the problems team of NZMOSA. As an international student coming from China, I had experience in the Chinese Olympiad styled Maths and still held great passion towards the study of Maths. With the enthusiasm and solid foundation of the Math knowledge, we will devote ourselves to helping all of you who share the same interest as us. Lastly, hope you all find pleasure in exploration of the Maths world.

Nelson Zhang
I’m a student who takes maths as a hobby. The feeling of satisfaction and achievement is how maths appeals to me – just like the feeling when you beat a BOSS. I even choose my subjects by the closeness of that subject to maths and I’m hoping to study computer science in uni, which involves a lot of maths. As a member of the problem team, I’ll make sure that my problems will be intuitive and meaningful so that students learn valuable skills by solving them.

Tina Zhang
Hey, I'm Tina, word lover, science fiction and fantasy fan, and instructor of an obtuse savant known as 'my computer'. I, like many other digital artists, own a pen that doesn't work on paper, and I enjoy fooling people into thinking that it's a real pen. I also like maths, but I'm rather terrible at it compared to all you mathematical geniuses. I'm on the design team. Pleased to meet you all, I'm looking forward to working with you.

Jessy Zhao
Hey Guys
I'm Jessy! My friends call me Jessa :) I really like how math is really complicated but fascinating! Thanks to NZMOSA's lectures which exposed me to all these interesting math concepts. I'm in the NZMOSA design committee this year, if you see someone crumpling up bits of paper and trying to draw, that might be me struggling with a new design! I really look forward to get to know you all this year.