State student takes on private school youth in quiz
YEAR 8 whiz Keeley Dillon knows how to solve a problem or two.
Keeley was one of eight students in Year 8 who were awarded prizes in the University Queensland Problem Solving Competition held in March.
A Gladstone State High student, she was also the only girl in the group who came from a regional, non-private Brisbane school.
Keeley's Maths Excellence program teacher Rees Pickering was rapt when he read the results.
"There were five very challenging problems and it was in an exam over two hours," he said.
"Thousands of kids were in it. I am very proud of her and she has a wonderful work ethic."
Keeley said she couldn't remember the questions in the exam but was happy with her efforts.
"It wasn't easy but I was pretty confident with my answers," she said.
"I like a challenge."
The written test is designed to single out the top maths students in the state.
It challenged students' mathematical creativity and ability to answer non-routine problem-solving questions.
Keeley said her mum and dad were over the moon.
"We are going out to for dinner this week," she said.
Her problem-solving quests don't stop there, with Keeley set on competing in an Australian maths competition later this year.