Nguyen Trong Nhan from the southern province of Tien Giang on August 3 won the laurel wreath representing the top prize of the annual intelligence quiz show “Road to Mt. Olympia” in Hanoi.
The student from Tien Giang Specialized High School beat other rivals – including Nguyen Ngoc Anh from northern Hai Duong Province’s Cau Xe High School, Vu Tien Dat from northern Dien Bien Province’s Le Quy Don Specialized High School and Nguyen Hoang Bach from Ho Chi Minh City’s High School for the Gifted – to win the well-known contest which is in its 14th year for high school students organized by national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV).
Nhan was awarded a scholarship of US$35,000 to study for a university degree in Australia after winning the contest.
His teachers and classmates call him “the X-Factor” for his quietness. “Bravery, humility and certainty are what I can talk about Nhan. He doesn’t like being flattered,” Nguyen Thi Thanh Van, vice principal of Tien Giang Specialized High School said. “He’s good at all subjects, especially Vietnamese literature and English.”
Sharing his studying tips, Nhan said he often concentrates on what his teachers say in the classroom and finishes all his homework.
“I spend 3-4 hours studying at home, usually from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am,” Nhan said. “These are the hours when I can study most efficiently because it’s quiet and thus easy for me to concentrate.”
Nhan has recently passed the national university entrance exam to gain admission to the University of Science under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City.
Talking about his future plans, Nhan expressed his wish to become a good programmer.
“I will contact previous ‘Road to Mt. Olympia’ winners who have studied abroad to get to know about the living and studying environment in Australia. If possible, I will go there with the scholarship of $35,000 from winning the contest and study information technology to become a good programmer.”