8-year-old Zury Tlapanco Reyes is really someone to watch in the math world, even as young as she is. She nailed something with what looked like such little effort that makes my brain itch when she won first place at the 2019 world mental calculation held in China earlier this year.
She was able to solve 70 math problems in what witnesses call “lightning speed” using just her brain. She wasn’t allowed to write anything down, look anything up, or call a friend for help. And no calculator.
According to Forbes Mexico, the Aloha Mental Arithmetic School student was able to solve all 70 math questions in just 5 minutes and managed to find the correct solutions for each one. Originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Zury was awarded the Grand Champion award at the competition in China.
If this wasn’t impressive enough to make us wonder why our kids are not achieving things to this level, Zury said that this was the first time she participated in this type of event at an international level. She downplayed to reporters just how massive this achievement is because she says that it’s something she enjoys doing anyway.
Talking to the reporters, Zury said that she feels “very happy and proud of having won the Grand Champion,” which just happens to be the highest and most prestigious award in the whole contest. Zury said that she prepared well for the competition, and that’s why it wasn’t too hard for her – and probably why she killed it in 5 minutes.
Of course, her parents were very proud of all she achieved and supported her dreams of continuing her love of math. I would be, too, if Zury was my daughter because, as I said, my capabilities of doing math inside my head stop at simple addition.
Source: Forbes Mexico