Alison Tan wins gold for PH at Singapore Math Olympiad and is ranked #4 globally

July 17, 2017
ASHS News; Photos and additional reporting courtesy of Audrey Tan

Alison Chloe Tan, SIMOC gold medalist
Ateneo Senior High School student Alison Chloe Tan (STEM/11 San Vitores) won a gold medal in the individual written competition at the Singapore International Math Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC), which was held from July 15-16, 2017 at the National University of Singapore. In addition, Alison was also ranked #4 globally among the grade 10 and grade 11 contestants! More than 1,700 mathletes from 17 countries participated in the 2017 SIMOC. Alison was one of the 39 math wizards who represented Team Philippines.

SIMOC is a competition which not only tests the participants’ ability to solve mathematical problems on pen and paper, but also tests their ability to work as teams to play interactive mathematical games and solve puzzles. SIMOC gives the mathletes an opportunity to compete with top mathematical talents from around the world and learn from each other as a team. 
Seventeen countries participated in the 2017 SIMOC: Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, HongKong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Of the 39 Philippine delegates to SIMOC, 33 brought home medals.  The medal tally for the Team Philippines was three grand champions, 12 gold medalists, 10 silver medalists and 11 bronze medalists.

Last April, Alison also won the bronze award for the grade 10 division of the 2017 Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO). She received her award at the SASMO awarding ceremony held in NISMED-University of the Philippines (Diliman) last June 10, 2017.  Her global ranking is #265 out of 1328 students who took the SASMO individual written competiton.

 Alison Chloe Tan (center) at the awards ceremony for SASMO

Per the SASMO website, SASMO was created in 2006 and is now one of largest math contests in Asia. It has expanded from 155 local participants in 2006 to more than 20,000 participants from 19 countries for SASMO 2016. 
With the support of the Advisory Council, the Philippine SASMO delegation spend countless hours carefully developing contest papers that touched on both school and Olympiad mathematics. This combined effort allowed participants to do better compared to pure-Olympiad papers, since they were familiar with some questions and were able to put their thinking caps on for others, bringing out their inner mathematician.
With realistic and high standards, SASMO contests aim to stretch the untapped thinking potential of the student population.