Burnie High School

Maths success continues to add up

A NATURAL WITH FIGURES:  Burnie High School Grade 10 student Josh Ross has topped the state in the recent ICAS mathematics competition for a third year.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

One of Tasmania's brightest young mathematical minds, Josh Ross, of Burnie, is not fazed by being named the best in the state for a third year.

"It [winning the awards] hasn't fazed me, my parents get more excited about it than me," he said.

Josh received the joint-highest score for year 10 maths in Tasmania, shared with a student from Hobart, in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools.

Talented students were honoured at the ICAS Medal presentation ceremony for Victoria and Tasmania on Monday in Melbourne.

The Burnie High School student said maths came naturally to him.

"Maths is less boring than other school work," Josh said.

It's the third year in a row Josh has received a top mark and medal in an ICAS competition.  Last year he won the mathematics award for year 9, and he won the ICAS computer skills medal in year 8.

Out of 980,000 entrants in Australia, Josh was one of 68 students to win the maths medal for a second year.

The year 10 student is not nervous about starting college next year, he's already planning life post-university.

"Computer science is what I'm thinking of doing [at university], I'd like to do programming of some sort...I might go into game development," Josh said.

Assistant principal Gillian Hodgkinson said Josh's win was an honour for him personally and for his school.

At a time when public education in Tasmania is suffering from budget cuts, Ms Hodgkinson said the award highlighted its importance.

"It's fantastic for public education because it highlights that we can succeed and do succeed at the highest level," she said.

"Josh is a good role model for other students, and it's good for others to see him succeed.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate