By Maisie Winter, Year 12
SEAMC, or South East Asian Maths Competition, was established in 2001 by our very own Steve Warry, who unfortunately passed away just one week before the first event. It has taken place every year since then, and this year had the largest turnout ever: 40 schools, and over 600 students participating. Until this year, there has only been one age group (those in Year 10-11), but this year an older age category was created, SEAMC Elite (for students in Year 12-13).
I have been fortunate enough to take part in SEAMC twice now, and it was honestly an honour to have been selected to represent my school amongst the greatest minds of my age. As an aspiring mathematician, it has left me absolutely buzzing and so inspired by the sheer exposure to mathematics that is simply unavailable most of the time. Being surrounded by people who positively want to talk to you about maths, who want to show off theorems they’ve learnt, confident in the knowledge that you’ll be interested, was phenomenal. The energy was palpable - these students were just so ridiculously excited about maths!
My personal favourite round was the Codebreaker round. Terrifying, pulse-quickening, and intensely exhilarating, we were stood in a circle and presented with the task of finding the rule that linked the inputs to the outputs given to us. And then apply that rule to the next given input. Bear in mind, we were only given two corresponding values to begin with, and five seconds. Walking out of this exercise, I was fairly confident that my team hadn’t come close to winning, but I was enthralled by the variation in the questions, the difficulty, and the exceptionally high expectations of us.
SEAMC is an event that treats maths with the respect it deserves, making it invigorating and fast-paced. I am nothing but thankful for its existence, and can only hope to someday inspire young mathematicians the way SEAMC has for me.
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