A Grade 9 learner from the Free State surprised the Applications Olympiad organisers by making it to the finals with 13 matriculants.

The Applications Olympiad is aimed at learners who take the subject CAT (Computer Application Technology) – which is offered in Grades 10, 11 and 12 only.

Remarked Computer Olympiad manager Peter Waker, “We are used to having participants from lower grades, and some of them do quite well, but this is the first time ever that a Grade 9 learner makes it to the finals.”

Albert Dreyer cannot yet take IT or CAT at school, but he is involved in an enrichment project at the University of the Free State. The project entered him in the Applications Olympiad.

The Applications Olympiad challenges learners to use a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Database or Presentation tool to solve problems. Participants are mostly learners taking CAT at school or learners who have otherwise learned to use Computer Application tools using programmes such as the International Computer Driving Licence or IC3.

The Finalists for 2015 are (in alphabetical order by surname):


Joshua Bruton 12 Curro Aurora Randpark Ridge
Jade Caldicott 12 Curro Mossel Bay Mossel Bay
Marc Domancie 12 Edgemead High Cape Town
Albert Dreyer 9 UFS Python Project Bloemfontein
Isaac Gumbi 12 Afrikaanse Hoër Germiston Germiston
Greg Harmse 12 Lilyfontein School East London
M Fayaz Kimmie 12 Islamia College Cape Town
Grant Oppelt 11 Alexander Road High Port Elizabeth
Marthinus Steyn 12 Florida High Florida
Matthew Symon 12 Herzlia High Cape Town
Pieter Theron 12 Worcester Gymnasium Worcester
Roche Visser 12 President High Cape Town
Dylan Warwick 12 Grey High Port Elizabeth
Robert Wood 12 Michaelhouse Balgowan
Steve Yuk 12 Domino Servite Kranskop

Roche Visser and Robert Wood have made the Finals for a second time. Robert won a bronze medal last year when he was in Grade 11.