Medal boost at IT Olympiad

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Published on Sep 19, 2004

Four students from Assumption College Bangrak and Triam Udomsuksa School won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2004 International Olympiad in Informatics which ended yesterday in Athens.

The four winning pupils are Wasan Jiaramanee (gold medal) and Prachya Pisalpipatpong (silver) from Assumption College Bangrak and Chanin Laohapan (bronze) and Anan Yodpinyanee (bronze) from Triam Udomsuksa.

Wasan said his love of computer subjects was the inspiration behind his gold medal performance at the international competition.

"I intend to set up a computer software company with my friend or be a researcher in the future. And I will work in Thailand only," the gold medallist said.

Silver medallist Prachya said he had become obsessed with computer games when he was a child and progressed from there to writing computer programs.

He said he would use the experience gained from the competition to develop computer programs with Thai brand names.

Bronze medal winner Anan said he planned to apply for a scholarship to the National and Science Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) to further his studies in computer engineering.

Anan plans to return to work in the Kingdom and hopes his success will encourage Thai students to focus more on science subjects.

The International Olympiad in Informatics was held from September 11 to 18 with more than 80 countries participating in the Greece-hosted competition.