Bronze at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) 2015

Tanay Kothari
Tanay Kothari

Tanay Kothari, student of Class XII-L, has won a Bronze Medal at the most prestigious global competitive programming competition for secondary school students in the field of Computer Science – The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), 2015 held at Almaty, Kazakhstan. UNESCO and IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) are the patrons for this event. In all 324 children from 84 countries participated in the IOI this year.

Tanay was among the 4 children who were selected to represent India after a 6- month long screening process conducted by the Indian Association for Research in Computer Science (IARCS) at the Regional and National levels that culminated in a two week Training Camp at Bangalore in May 2015. He also won the Silver Medal at the Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO 2015).

The IOI contest format consists of two days of computer programming and solving problems of an algorithmic nature. To deal with problems involving very large amounts of data, it is necessary to have not only programmers, “but also creative coders, who can dream up what it is that the programmers need to tell the computer to do … the hard part isn’t the programming, but the mathematics underneath it.” – Robson Frank, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August, 2013.


Kanupriyaa, with her outstanding performance in international standardized tests, secured 800/800 in SAT Critical Reading, 800/800 in SAT Writing and 790/800 in SAT Mathematics, thus achieving a score of 2390/2400 in SAT.

She further scored 800/800 in SAT Mathematics Level 2, 800/800 in SAT Physics and 800/800 in SAT Chemistry. Her score in TOEFL was 117/120. In APs, she scored 5/5 in Calculus-AB, 5/5 in Calculus-BC, 5/5 in Physics II and 5/5 in Physics Electrostatics and Magnetism.

She has passed her HSK Level 1 and HSK Level 2 Examination in Chinese Mandarin language from the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) with distinction.

She secured admissions in the most sought after and competitive branches of Computer Science/Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of California at Los Angeles, Purdue University, University of Southern California and Stony Brook University. She was wait-listed at Columbia University and University of Chicago.

She has joined the Carnegie Mellon University, which was ranked no. 1 in Computer Science at the graduate level, along-with MIT and Stanford, and no. 3 at the undergraduate level, by the US News in 2014.
Besides her outstanding performance in academics, Kanupriyaa has also been an outstanding sportsperson and was awarded the gold medal in Taekwondo and appointed the School Sports Captain. In 2013, she won the bronze medal in the 1st Korean Ambassador’s Kukkiwon Cup India Open National Taekwondo Championship. Having won medals at the national level in the martial art of Taekwondo, Kanupriyaa was awarded the Black Belt (1st DAN) in this art, in 2014, by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters). She is also an avid swimmer and horse-rider.

She is also an accomplished pianist, having passed the initial, first, second, fourth and sixth grades, each with “distinction” and the fifth grade with “merit” from the Trinity College London.

She regularly contributes articles to magazines and newspapers with widespread circulation in rural India.

She is a voracious reader, an enthusiastic environmentalist and a keen traveller. She has been associated with non-governmental organizations like Rotary International and Earth Saviours Foundation and works for disabled and senior citizens and abandoned children.



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