Hervey Bay State High School Year 9 student Liam Nicholls came 43rd in a national, three-day, online maths and spelling competition.
Hervey Bay State High School Year 9 student Liam Nicholls came 43rd in a national, three-day, online maths and spelling competition. Karleila Thomsen

Liam scores in top 50 in country

HERVEY Bay State High School Year 9 student Liam Nicholls has finished in the top 50 of a national online maths and spelling competition.

He competed in the three-day Mathletics and Spellodrome event earlier this month and finished with an overall ranking of 43rd among Australian secondary school students who competed.

His best result was in the spelling contest on the third day where he placed 17th.

Liam said he spent four or five hours competing on the first day while he was at school but when a cut on his foot kept him home on the following two days he competed for eight hours and then a whopping 12 hours.

Hervey Bay High maths teacher Erin McCrea said the first day tested maths concepts, the second day was live Mathletics solving problems and the third day was spelling.

“He really puts 100 per cent effort into his schoolwork,” she said.

“He’s also a self-directed learner.

“Liam motivated himself and sets his own goals and achieves them.”

Liam said spelling was something he had always been good at and he correctly spelled 2500 words on competition day.

“I would have liked to do better,” he said, and is aiming to improve his performance when the competition runs again next year.

Ms McCrea said the online programs were designed to motivate and inspire students to improve their skills.



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