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New Canaan Students Hit Their Stride In International Physics Competition

Divison 2 New Canaan High School participants, from left, Bhaskar Abhiraman, Miles Turpin, Chris Reik, Charlie Pitteway, Robbie Fusek Photo Credit: New Canaan Public Schools
Division 1 Participants (L to R): Michael St. George, Jackson Appelt, Dana Lurie, Tyler Hill, Andrew Shizari Photo Credit: New Canaan Public Schools

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Two groups of students from New Canaan High have bragging rights have this year's International Physics Bowl, according to AP physics 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," Reid said.

All AP Physics students in both Tony Barnett and Reid's sections participated 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, Robbie Fusek.
  • Division 1: Dana Lurie, Jackson Appelt, Andrew Shizari, Michael St. George, 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 AAPT 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, Division 2 for second-year physics students.

Each division is separated into 14 Regions across the United States and 5 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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