Konstantinos Zervas congratulated the two students from Thessaloniki who excelled in the Balkan Youth Mathematical Olympiad.
Konstantinos Zervas congratulated the two students from Thessaloniki who excelled in the Balkan Youth Mathematical Olympiad
Him Giannis Galamatis and the Marios Zarogoulidis, the two students from Thessaloniki distinguished in 25th Balkan Youth Mathematical Olympiad, met and congratulated personally today the mayor of Thessaloniki Konstantinos Zervas.
“Thessaloniki is proud, because two of its own children have won an international award. Our city, our country, has a tradition in thought, in intellect, in culture. We reward the effort of the children themselves, their families and their schools and we urge the young people to practice their skills “, said the Mayor of Thessaloniki, talking about the importance of work, effort and excellence.
Mr. Zervas awarded honorary plaques to Giannis Galamatis and Marios Zarogoulidis, conveying his desire for Thessaloniki to become a host of competitions and events with the participation of young people from the Balkans and around the world.
Konstantinos Zervas, moreover, shared moments from his family life and his own student years, as, as he said, his father had a special ability in mathematics, while he himself had received “a shorter range award” from Mathematical Society.
The relationship with mathematics
For Giannis Galamatis and Marios Zarogoulidis, the relationship with mathematics starts from a very young age.
“I have been doing mathematics since kindergarten. My mother made me do things and it seemed that I was good. “Since elementary school, I started to work more systematically and my participation in competitions became goals for me”, said Giannis Galamatis, a student of the Experimental School. He had about a month to prepare for his participation in the Balkan Youth Mathematical Olympiad. The effort was demanding, as he had to read about five hours a day. Despite the fact that especially this year his companions are stressful, Giannis always tries to find some time for his other love, apart from mathematics, basketball.
“For me, it all started in the sixth grade, so I achieved a good distinction in a local math competition. “Since then, I started reading math every day for hours,” said Marios Zarogoulidis, a student of Mantoulidis teachers. Although mathematics plays a dominant role in his daily life, he takes care of his sports while not being deprived of going out with his friends. “Allios does not achieve your original goal, that you are not well, while you are reading mathematics”, he says characteristically. Marios has not yet chosen which profession he will follow, but it is certain that his professional future will be connected with mathematics.