Young Salvadoran Wins Gold Medal for the Second Time in Asia-Pacific Mathematics Olympiad.

Fernando Daniel Domínguez, a prominent young mathematician from El Salvador, has brought his country another gold medal at the XXXV Asia-Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO), held virtually in July this year.

Last year, Fernando secured gold in this prestigious competition, making him the only student in Latin America to achieve such an honor. This outstanding feat led to Fernando becoming the first Salvadoran to be recognized as a Distinguished Student of El Salvador by the Legislative Assembly.

The international event, considered one of the most esteemed in the world, saw participation from 345 students representing 38 countries across the Pacific Rim, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Malaysia, the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Mexico, among others.

“Young Talent” expressed their pride in Fernando’s extraordinary achievement through social media, stating, “We are filled with pride for our student and his remarkable accomplishment! He has left an indelible mark on the history of El Salvador and has shown us the power of dedication, perseverance, and hard work! We will continue to applaud our young talents as they reach new heights on their path to success.”

With this recent triumph, Fernando solidifies his academic trajectory by winning the gold medal for two consecutive years. In May 2022, he secured the sole gold medal for Latin America and the first-ever for El Salvador at the XXXIV Asia-Pacific Mathematics Olympiad, where 318 students from 35 nations across Asia, Oceania, and the Americas participated.

In recognition of this achievement, the members of the Legislative Assembly distinguished 18-year-old Fernando Daniel Domínguez as a Distinguished Student of El Salvador in April of this year. Additionally, in September, Fernando will commence his undergraduate studies in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, located in the United States.

The APMO stands as one of the most challenging and renowned mathematics competitions worldwide, requiring each participant to solve five mathematical problems within a four-hour exam.

Launched in 1989, the Olympiad aims to discover, encourage, and challenge talented high school students in the field of mathematics, fostering international relationships and cooperation among students and teachers in the region while creating opportunities for sharing information on school programs and practices.