19th May 15
For the second year running, a Laude Newton College pupil will represent Spain in the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL). This is good news for Laude Newton College school community. Eduardo, a 16-year-old from Elche, is one of the members of the team that will represent Spain in this prestigious linguistic competition from 20th to 24th of July in Bulgaria. He achieved third place in the Spanish finals, in which a total of 700 students took part. Furthermore, 62 students got through to the second round, 6 of whom were Laude Newton College pupils. And what’s more, they were all classified within the first 30 positions (José Mª Coves, Patricia Martínez, Vicente Coves, Alejandro Soriano y Sofía Badurova).
Therefore, Eduardo will have an unforgettable experience and will get to meet the best young linguists in the world as well as enjoying a week full of activities, visits, and cultural and social events. Up until now, 39 countries and over 850 students have taken part in this worldwide competition since it first started in 2003. The Spanish final, which took place in Elche’s Miguel Hernández University, is a competition that encourages Secondary and Sixth Form students to develop problem-solving strategies related to languages from all over the world. The competition requires a high level of logic skills, patience and a willingness to think creatively. The aim is to discover the fascinating discipline that combines language, linguistics and ICT skills.
Eduardo also took part in this competition last year and represented Spain in China along with his class colleague José Mª Coves. Congratulations!