Brothers maths whizzes
In the South
Two Gore brothers have shown you don't have to be from big city schools to achieve high results in international competitions.
St Peter's College brothers Sam, 14 and Ryan Watkins, 12, have beaten the odds and come out in the top percentiles of two separate international mathematics competitions.
Sam, a year 9 student, won an award after beating thousands of students in the Australian Maths Competition with a result putting him in the top .3 per cent of New Zealand entrants.
Brother Ryan, a year seven student, earned a high distinction in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) putting him in the top 1 per cent.
St Peter's College Head of Maths Carolyn Hunter said she was thrilled with the boys' achievements.
''What's also really exciting is the majority of our students getting these high distinctions are boys ... hopefully that will continue.''
Their achievements showed that it did not matter if someone came from a small school in rural New Zealand - they could still achieve high marks on an international scale, she said.
''I'm always pleased to see students achieve,'' she said.
This was the first time in her 20 years at the school that a student had won that prize in the Australian maths competition.
Winner Sam remains humble.
''It's in the genetics. Mum's a maths teacher,'' he said.
He entered the competition because he likes maths and enjoys the extra challenge, he said.
''I was pretty stoked.I kind of felt like I'd done well.''
There was a healthy dose of competitiveness between the brothers too.
''We compete sometimes.
''When I heard he [Ryan] got that high distinction I was gutted but then I found out what I got and I was like, 'yes, we're even again'.''
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