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"Leading Zeros" Win 2017 HHL MPI Leibniz Mathematical Olympiad

Great joy for the pupils Karl Hellig, Margarete Ketelsen and Sebastian Meyer from Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium in Dresden. On June 21, 2017, the winners of the 2017 HHL MPI Leibniz Mathematical Olympiad, whose team was called "Leading Zeros", were awarded EUR 1,500 in prize money sponsored by the HHL Alumni Association as well as a gift certificate for a science tour of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) and the Leibniz Institute of Tropospheric Research. Second place, which comes with EUR 900 in prize money, went to a team of three from Wilhelm-Ostwald-Gymnasium in Leipzig. A team of pupils from Sächsisches Landesgymnasium Sankt Afra in Meißen won third place and EUR 600 in prize money, which, just like second place, was sponsored by KARL-KOLLE-Stiftung. The awards ceremony was held on the birthday of polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the event's namesake, at the Leibniz Monument in the courtyard of the University of Leipzig. In his speech, Volker Rodekamp, the Director of the Museum of City History, highlighted Leibniz' role in Leipzig and his connection to the university. Linguist Prof. Dr. Stefan Gries then offered an introduction into the work of the current Leibniz Professor of the University of Leipzig.

HHL's Prof. Dr. André Casajus, who is a co-initiator of the Mathematical Olympiad, commented, "With this math competition, which has taken place for the second time already, we would like to inspire pupils to work with mathematical problems. At the same time, the event should bridge the gap from Math into a Management education." Prof. Dr. Casajus continued, "Mathematicians are analytically gifted, have abstract thinking, quickly recognize connection and look for perfection." This perfection of finding at least one elegant approach to solving the functional equations was required from the participants of the 2017 HHL MPI Leibniz Mathematical Olympiad. Nine teams of students from Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt competed on May 20, 2017.

Karl Hellig, Margarete Ketelsen and Sebastian Meyer from the winning team of Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium in Dresden attend a special advanced course in mathematics, participate in math competitions together and are very good friends way beyond the subject. Margarete Ketelsen felt the approach to the math problems of the HHL MPI Leibniz Mathematical Olympiad was "completely different" as the equations needed to be solved by a team and not individually like usual. She was glad to receive the monetary reward sponsored by the HHL Alumni Association, commenting, "I want to start studying Mathematics soon. I will make good use of the money for this." Her teammate Karl Hellig has different plans: He wants to use the money for his next vacation or save it.

The 2017 HHL MPI Leibniz Mathematical Olympiad under the patronage of the Mayor of the City of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung (Social Democratic Party) were supported by the HHL Alumni Association, KARL-KOLLE-Stiftung, the Saxon Education Agency as well as the State Education Authority of Saxony-Anhalt.

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is a university-level institution and ranks amongst the leading international business schools. The goal of the oldest business school in German-speaking Europe is to educate effective, responsible and entrepreneurially-minded leaders. HHL stands out for its excellent teaching, its clear research focus, its effective knowledge transfer into practice as well as its outstanding student services. The courses of study include full and part-time Master in Management as well as MBA programs, a Doctoral program and Executive Education. HHL is accredited by AACSB International.

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MIS) was founded in 1996 and works at the interface of mathematics and sciences. Today, it is considered to be one of the world's leading mathematics research institutions and is well-connected through numerous cooperation partnerships—among others, with the University of Leipzig—at the local, national and international level. Mathematic models and methods are gaining increasing importance in today's society and are the basis of essential processes and procedures—in the economy, production, medicine, politics and economics. On the other hand, mathematicians are inspired by fundamental questions in science to search for new mathematical structures and methods. This interaction represents the core of the work at the institute. The scientists deal with a broad scope of problems from pure and applied mathematics. This includes, for instance, the examination of random dynamic systems, the mathematical analysis of materials, the examination of complex biological systems and economic processes, questions from geometry and theoretical physics as well as the information theory of cognitive systems.

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