Farrell Eldrian Wu, one of the most bemedalled mathletes in the Philippines, finished the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition with flying colors by making it in rank 39 out of the 4638 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
Wu, a freshman from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received an honorable mention in the individual contest, for his excellent performance in the 78th Putnam Competition held on December 2, 2017. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, often abbreviated to Putnam Competition founded by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in 1927 in memory of her husband William, an advocate of intercollegiate intellectual competition, is widely considered to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics competition in the world, and its difficulty is such that the median score is often zero (out of 120) despite being attempted by students specializing in mathematics. Farrel Eldrian Wu, a trainee of Mathematics Trainers’ Guild (MTG), Philippines since grade 3, reaped various highest honors in several international math contests, making him stand with few peers. Among the contests he joined reaping gold, silver and bronze medals were 5th International Mathematics Competition (IMC) – 2009; International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO) for Primary Schools – 2010 and 2011; Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest (PMWC) – 2010, 2011, 2013; Taiwan International Mathematics Competition – 2012, Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition – 2013, and bronze medal in the 2013 Junior Balkans Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO). He also received a trophy for being the Best in Theoretical in IMSO 2011. His biggest achievement in mathematics competition was his celebrated feat in the International Mathematics Olympiad where he won the first gold medal for the Philippines in 2016, silver medal in 2017, bronze medal in 2013, 2014. He was a consistent high distinction awardee of the Australian Mathematics Competition and for several times was a recipient of the prize award and AMC medal. In 2012, he aced the rest of the 30 questions in the Australian Mathematics Competition, prompting Dr. Peter Taylor, AMC Executive Director to say, “Farrell is a gem of the Philippines”. The MTG family is one in extending their warmest congratulations to Farrell Eldrian Wu for his latest achievement in the math contest. The MTG officers are thankful to the parents and of course to MGC New Life Christian Academy for making him a part of the MTG Philippines.