Talented teen selected for UK Olympiad team

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Talented teenager Jack Hodkinson is just one of four people to be selected for the UK team in the 2014 International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing.

Jack, a pupil at QEGS in Wakefield, will compete against members of other international teams testing their minds against the world’s toughest puzzles in language and linguistics.

The year 12 student is the only one from the north – and is also a year younger than the rest of his team.

The QEGS student is currently studying mathematics, further and advanced further mathematics, physics, music and Latin.

He hopes to go to Cambridge to study mathematics.

Jack has already taken part in mathematics and informatics Olympiads but had to undergo a tough selection process to be chosen for the UK team.

He was faced with two days of intense training and problem solving during a selection weekend in Liverpool.

It was only the second time that QEGS has entered candidates for the event.

Jack will also get to see the sights, including the Great Wall of China, during his visit.

Karim Fortas, modern languages teacher, said: ”The whole of the QEGS community join me in being immensely proud of Jack’s achievement.

“Only Jack could have pulled this amazing achievement off and his determination to succeed is true testimony to the spirit of QEGS.”

David Craig, headmaster at QEGS, said: “Every now and again, you come across a student like Jack – a genuine polymath – mathematician, composer and linguist to name just a few of his talents.

“Englishmen are much maligned for their uselessness speaking foreign languages, so I am comforted to know that Jack will be bucking this trend and flying the flag for Yorkshire in faraway Beijing.”