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18 year old Malthe Fiil Andersen, a final year student at Grenaa Gymnasium, has shown himself so accomplished at physics that he is now among the 15 students who managed to continue to the third and last national qualification round before the international finals in the International Physics Olympiad that will be held in Bali, Indonesia in July 2017.
“The first qualification round was held at the local schools around the country and was very much like an exam and the 35 best qualified for the second round, “ Malthe explains. The second round was in Copenhagen. It was two days and there was a theoretical part as well as an experimentally based one. It was a bit more difficult than the first round.”
The second round of qualification happened to coincide with the great gala event of the year at Grenaa Gymnasium. It is an event that is very much looked forward to, especially by the final year students. But there was not much doubt in Malthe’s mind: the Physics Olympiad was more important. “My dancing partner fully understood and respected my decision,” Malthe explains referring to the tradition-bound Les Lanciers that is danced at the gala event.
Malthe qualified as number 8 third and last national round round and consequently he will be attending four weekend workshops around the country during the spring term. Each country can send 5 participants to the international contest, so Malthe has to improve in order to become one of the five from Denmark. “It is not unrealistic for him to aim for that,” says Jesper Munk Jensen who is Malthe’s physics teacher. “Malthe is a very quick learner and I intend to spend a few hours with him up to the national final.”
Intelligence alone does not, however, make a person talented. You also need to be a keen learner and Malthe is. “I spend some of my spare time reading more about math and physics, because I find it fascinating.” No matter whether Malthe qualifies for the international contest or not, there is no doubt in his mind: he wants to pursue further studies in mathematics and physics at university level. “I would like to become a scientist,” he quietly explains about his plans for the future.