Philip D Tynan
Charter School of Wilmington Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Video and computer games, hanging out, listening to music, watching TV, sleeping
Math league, physics club, swim team, science olympiad
AMC-12/ AIME (10th grade – 105.5/ 2, 11th grade – 112.5/ 8), USAMTS (11th grade, silver award), Science Olympiad (two 2nd, one 4th, and one 5th place medal at states, member of overall winning team at states), TEAMS (11th grade, winning varsity team in DE)
I was born in Washington, DC, but when I was about 5, we moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland. I lived there until I was about 8 or 9, then moved to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, at the end of my 3rd grade year. I lived in Lewisburg until we moved again, at the beginning of the summer/end of my 6th grade year, this time to Wilmington, Delaware. This was probably the best move for me, as the Lewisburg school system did not adequately challenge me. Although Hanby, where I went for 7th and 8th grade did not either, at least living here allowed me to attend Charter. While I was not really challenged in my first year at charter, and not so much last year either, I felt that this year, Charter has provided me with more opportunities than I would have had at any other school. Math and science were always strong interests of mine, since before I can clearly remember. I have done Delaware math league competitions since 7th grade, and I took the AMC-10 during 9th grade, but did not qualify for the AIME. During my sophomore year I took the AP Calculus BC exam, and scored a 5 on both the BC test and the AB subscore. One of the team members from last year encouraged me to take the physics B exam, allowing me to take AP Physics C at my school this year (which covers both Mechanics and E&M, one semester each), without taking any other physics classes beforehand. Overall, this turned out to be a good decision on my part, partially because I learned enough to eventually qualify for the US Physics Team. As for math, this year I took Calculus 3 through the University of Delaware during my first semester, and I am currently taking Ordinary Differential Equations, also through UD. Although I was somewhat disappointed that I did not make the USAMO this year, it is just as well, because I would have had to choose between the MOSP and this, if I had gotten that far. This programs sounds like it will be a good experience for me, especially since two of my friends from my school will also be attending this year, so knowing someone already will help. In my free time, I like to play computer games, such as Starcraft, Age of Empires II, Continuum, and Unreal Tournament (both 2k3 and 2k4); or just hang out. I used to frequent the movies as well, but I stopped that a few years ago, because they have increased the price to a ridiculous amount. I also enjoy watching such wonderful TV shows as The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park. As for college, I plan to major in either math, physics, or engineering. I am not 100% sure where I want to go yet, but I am going to visit colleges next week (4/17 – 4/21), in order to get a better feel for student life at each.