“The Mathematics Olympiad came to my life in fifth grade”, says María Fernanda López Tuyub, an 11-year-old girl from Molas, a village located somewhere in the jungle of the Mexican peninsula Yucatán. “I competed with more than 500 girls and boys of the state.”
Now she gets to compete even more, in Bulgaria, where the “Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition 2018” will be kicked off on July 1st, 2018. The participants, including María Fernanda, will be welcomed in Burgas.
Even the mayor of the city at the Black Sea coast, Dimitar Nikolov, is excited. “This will be a good opportunity for everyone to show their knowledge to the world”, he accurately stated, “and to enjoy the beauties of our city that combines the sea, the sun, a rich history and a beautiful scenery.”
María Fernanda López Tuyub does not need the sea or the sun, since she has plenty of both at home. She might notice that Yucatán has much nicer beaches than Burgas, during those moments in between, when she does not solve math problems.
Her father is a mathematics teacher. Yes, the apple did not fall far from the tree in María Fernanda’s case either, since he has been motivating her. According to The Yucatán Times, she took a test at the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY), which she won.
Later she won another math competition in the Mexican province Morelos and was trained everywhere, including in Mexico City. This is how it all started.
“I like to solve problems and use logic. You can discover so many new things. We are going to look into geometry, arithmetic, algebra, numbers theory and counting”, María Fernanda told Mexican media. Her father will be coming to Bulgaria with her. So will three team mates.
¡Bienvenida, María Fernanda!¡Y mucha suerte!