Hans Woyda, 2012
For the second year in a row, St Paul’s has won the final of the Hans Woyda competition, beating St Paul’s Girls’ School by 52 points to 33. St Paul’s has won the competition seven times in the last eight years.
The competition, open to all London schools, saw 64 teams take part this year. In the final, St Paul’s led with the first question, winning the opening round 14 points to 4 and going on to win or draw every subsequent round. The team performed magnificently, keeping their nerve under pressure. By the time of the race round, they were already 17 points ahead and victory was assured.
Thanks must also go to Joshua Cleary (Year 11, Sixth form), Jake Cohen-Setton and Jack Harding (Year 12, Lower Eighth), members of the team earlier in the competition.
Here are two problems the finalists had to solve:
(1) Sketch x^2+2xy+y^2=x+y.
(2) If 0.5^(n+4)=256 x 0.25^(2n+3), find n.