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Stefano Chiesa Suryanto: The little mathematics wizard

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 25 2008   /  12:22 pm

Eleven-year-old Stefano Chiesa Suryanto is just like any other boy his age -- sometimes aloof, and tending to speak only when necessary, yet with a sincerity visible in both his gaze and gestures. STEFANO CHIESA SURYANTO: (JP/Erwida Maulia) Yet the bespectacled sixth grader from SD Santa Theresia elementary school in Menteng, Central Jakarta, is far from ordinary when it comes to math. While most children approach the subject with trepidation, math has always been Stefano's favorite subject since he began school. His love for it has seen him win 68 trophies and awards at local and international math competitions. He won his first math contest, organized by Tarumanegara University in Jakarta, when he was still in the third grade. "Story problems in math are like challenges I have to overcome," Stefano told The Jakarta Post. He re...