Cookstown students put skills to the test

Pupils from Cookstown High School who participated in the olympiad.
Pupils from Cookstown High School who participated in the olympiad.

NINE clever problem solvers from Cookstown High School tested their minds against the world’s toughest problems in language and logic this week, during the qualifying round of the CNGL All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2014.

The contest challenges secondary school students to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages. It aims to inspire students to pursue careers combining computing, linguistics and languages.

The pupils from Cookstown were among a record 2,700 students from 130 schools who competed in qualifying rounds of the competition at their schools this week.

The top 100 decoders now go on to participate in the national finals at Trinity College Dublin in March. The winners will represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing, China in July 2014.