A high school student from Kraków won three medals at the international olympiads in one month

In a remarkable feat, Michał Lipiec, a student attending August Witkowski 5th High School in Kraków, has achieved what seemed nearly impossible – securing three medals at three distinct international Olympiads, all within three weeks.

The school’s official website proudly highlights an extraordinary achievement by a third-grader. This remarkable event marks the first instance in the decades-long history of the nationwide Olympiads in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, where a student from their school has participated in all three subjects as a representative of the country and remarkably won medals in each of them within the same year.

During the 55th edition of the International Chemistry Olympiad in Zurich, a competition that saw 340 students vying for success, Michał Lipiec stood out and claimed the gold medal. Notably, he didn’t stop there. At the 53rd International Physics Olympiad held in Japan, he added a silver medal to his list of achievements. Additionally, in the same country, at the 64th International Mathematical Olympiad in Tokyo, he secured a bronze medal, demonstrating his exceptional talent and dedication across multiple disciplines.

Furthermore, in addition to the medals he won, Michał proved himself to be one of the finest young chemists globally. According to reports, only two Chinese participants, one Russian, and a representative from Turkey achieved a higher score than him. This accomplishment further highlights his exceptional skills and knowledge in the field of chemistry.

Michał Lipiec has an astounding collection of six medals from various international Olympiads, and there is a chance that this count will continue to grow. Despite already being a titled Olympian, he will enter the senior class in September.

Even more intriguing is that this year’s triumphant winner of three international subject Olympiads has already delved into scientific research. Under the guidance of experts from the renowned Jagiellonian University and the prestigious Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Michał is currently working on scientific projects. Impressively, he has dedicated his summer vacation to this pursuit, making the most of his time to advance his knowledge and contribute to the field of science.


Author: Patrycja Bodzek-Kurzyńska

Photo: Społeczne Towarzystwo Oświatowe


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