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New Canaan HS Students Excel At International Physics Bowl Competition

New Canaan High School performed well at this year's International Physics Bowl, earning second and third place.
New Canaan High School performed well at this year's International Physics Bowl, earning second and third place. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan High School performed well at this year's International Physics Bowl, earning second and third place.

According to New Canaan High School teacher Paul Reid, "With over 550 schools and over 6,400 students competing, this was the biggest competition ever. We fared well in both divisions, with Division 2 (Physics C students) taking a second place in New England, and Division 1 students (AP Physics 1 students) taking third.

"All AP Physics students in both Tony Barnett’s and my sections participate in the competition, and the top five scores in each division count as the school scores."

The students whose scores earned these results are:

  • Division 2: Miles Turpin, Chris Reik, Charlie Pitteway, Bhaskar Abhiraman and Robbie Fusek.
  • Division 1: Dana Lurie, Jackson Appelt, Andrew Shizari, Michael St. George and Tyler Hill.

The Physics Bowl is an annual event coordinated by the American Association of Physics Teachers. This year’s exam was administered between March 30 and April 15.

According to the association's website, students take a 40-question, 45-minute timed, multiple-choice test under their school’s supervision. Exam questions are based on topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course.

Division 1 has been established for first-year physics students and Division 2 for second-year physics students. Each division is separated into 14 regions across the United States and five regions in China. Schools within each region compete against one another. New Canaan High School competes in Region 3, New England.

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