Jane is cracking codes

Jane D'Altuin
Jane D'Altuin

A TRALEE secondary student with impressive powers of logic and reasoning is bidding to represent her country at a prestigious international linguistics competition after decoding hidden messages in a mix of languages.

Jane D'Altuin, pictured, of Tralee's Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí was chosen along with 99 other students from a field of over 2,600 to contest the finals at Trinity College of the All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad.

With a flair for language and patterns, Jane was able to successful decode complex language puzzles in unfamiliar languages - the challenge handed to all participants in the penultimate heat of the competition.

Should Jane make to into the top four, she will be jetting off to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing in July.

The Olympiad is run by the Science Foundation Ireland-funded CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content and it aims to inspire the 'next generation of multilingual technology graduates, who possess a powerful blend of language competency and problem-solving expertise.'

Jane will likely find herself in an enviable position come graduation from third-level if she pursues this field with major businesses worldwide currently clamouring for graduates with just these linguistic skills.