Hamptonians have excelled at the prestigious UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) 2023, a competition where pupils solve challenging linguistic data problems.

A group of 30 pupils from Fourth Year to Upper Sixth took part in the advanced round of the annual UKLO, many of whom were competing for the first time. Over 1,800 pupils from across the country sat the fiendishly difficult exam. The competition tests participants’ ability to decode information about various unusual languages and this year’s paper featured some particularly challenging questions including Adinkra Symbols, Kannada, Georgian, Zou and Guna.

Nine Hamptonians secured awards in this year’s UKLO:

Gold: Jihwan Moon

Silver: Kenny Anyanwu, Henry Ayres, Advait Bendale and Rohan Chen

Bronze: Arun Datta, Edmund Ng, Zac Nolan and Ben Williams

Particular congratulations go to Fourth Year pupil Jihwan, who will now go forward to round two of the Olympiad later this year, and also to Sixth Hamptonian Henry, who rounds off his stellar UKLO career with a well-deserved fourth consecutive award.

Classics teacher, Miss Amy Winstock, who organises the initiative at Hampton and runs the Junior Linguistics Club, praised the pupils for their performance in the competition:

From meeting the bumper crop of 30 competitors, to running the bustling training sessions, to receiving the news about our award winners, it has been an utter delight to run this year’s UKLO. My heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to all those who took part in this exhilarating – if notoriously difficult – competition. I’ll see you next year for more morphology, phonology and semantics!


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