Computer youngsters: Moscow school pupils win European Junior Olympiad in Informatics

Computer youngsters: Moscow school pupils win European Junior Olympiad in Informatics
The Russian national team of Moscow high school students has won three golds and one silver medal at the informatics Olympiad.

The second European Junior Olympiad in Informatics was held at Innopolis University near Kazan, Tatarstan, between 27 and 31 July. The Russian team, which only comprised students from Moscow, got  four medals, three golds and one silver, taking first place in the unofficial medal count.

Yegor Lifar, from year 8 of the Intellectual School, Anton Sadovnichy from the Second School and Semyon Savkin from School No. 57 won gold medals. Fyodor Ushakov from School No. 2007 took the silver.

Russia as the host country could have two teams, the main team and an auxiliary one. The latter comprised Maxim Shuklin from the Intellectual School and Denis Basharin from School No. 179. Both were awarded silver medals.

The secret of success: Talent and perseverance

“The Moscow students’ success at the Olympiad boils down to masses of hard work so that talented students with a flair for computers can be spotted and then trained. In addition to this, these young people have a very high level when it comes to their knowledge of maths,” said the team’s coach, Yelena Andreyeva.

The second European Junior Olympiad in Informatics is a competition for young programmers not older than 15. The first Olympiad was held last year in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Students from 21 European countries competed for medals at the second Olympiad held at Innopolis University.