Killarney youngster Jorja Lowe is not letting the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on her quest for learning.
Jorja, 11, has won a high distinction at the Mathematical Association of Victoria Maths Talent Quest, the highest rating the competition hands out.
The St Patrick's Primary School Port Fairy grade five student was one of 180 entries from 50 schools that took part in the quest.
Jorja's entry for the quest was centred on using mathematics to answer the question "What was the most popular genre of music for the last 50 years?"
The award-winning answer to this question was completed through 11 weeks of hard work by Jorja, a period of work that spanned schooling from home during two COVID-19 lockdowns, separated by a brief return to the classroom.
Jorja said her decision to enter the quest was driven by keeping busy while doing something she enjoyed during the pandemic restrictions.
"I wanted to keep busy while I was at home because I couldn't go to school or go and see my friends," Jorja said.
"I love having something to focus on and maths is my favourite subject so I thought I would give this a go.
"The thing I like most about maths is it calms you down, I really enjoy it."
Jorja said her success at the maths quest was made possible through the support of her family: mum Janet, dad Jamie, sister Amiee, 16, and brother Mason, 13.
Jorja is part of a maths extension group at St Patrick's, which is headed by teacher Samantha Kenna.
The initiative shown by Jorja to enter the quest didn't surprise Mrs Kenna.
"Jorja is a very motivated, determined student," Mrs Kenna.
"The quality of her work is really high and she is always trying to get better.
"When you tell her something she takes it on board, she's a very good listener.
"The maths talent quest is very difficult, which Jorja knew, but it didn't stop her having a go at it."
Ms Kenna said she worked closely with Jorja on preparing for the quest, which included zoom sessions.
The remote learning did not halt Jorja's progress, with her final submission uploaded online to the mathematical association on time.