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  • Arka Adhikari

    Princeton Junction, NJ

    West Windsor - Plainsboro High School South

    Teacher: Barbara Fortunato

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was introduced to physics in my Sophomore Year of High School when I took Honors Physics with Mrs. Kamm. The class was very interesting. The teac… read more

  • Jeffrey Cai

    Traveling Team

    Basking Ridge, NJ

    Ridge High School

    Teacher: Michael Gilmore

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I wasn't so interested in physics until I learned that it explained everything in the world. (At least, it's the best explanation we have right now… read more

  • Shi Fan Chen

    Exeter, NH

    Phillips Exeter Academy

    Teacher: Jim DiCarlo

    Junior

    Bio:

    I never thought I would like physics. By the time I was in elementary school I had figured out that physics entailed substantial amounts of math, a… read more

  • Fengning Ding

    Andover, MA

    Phillips Andover Academy

    Teacher: J. Peter Watt

    Senior

    Bio:

    My interest in science was born in second grade on my first trip to a library, when I found a children's book on astronomy. I was fascinated by the… read more

  • Suhail Farooqui

    Sacramento, CA

    Mira Loma High School

    Teacher: Scott Martinez

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    Hi, I am Yash and I live in Sacramento, CA. I go to Mira Loma High School. I love Math and Physics. I think I enjoyed Math since I was young. I re… read more

  • Felipe Hernandez

    Natchitoches, LA

    Louisiana School for Math Science Arts

    Teacher: Robert Dalling

    Senior

    Bio:

    My parents had a big influence on my love for physics. I would often come home to see my dad using a butter knife to disturb a slow stream of water… read more

  • Peter Lu

    Aurora, IL

    Illinois Math & Science Academy

    Teacher: Brooke Schmidt

    Senior

    Bio:

    Physics has always had a great influence on my life. One of my earliest memories involves my father reading to me from Hawking's The Universe in a … read more

  • Preetum Nakkiran

    Redmond, WA

    Redmond High School

    Teacher: Peter Saxby

    Senior

    Bio:

    I have always been fascinated by two things: discovery and creation. When I was young, I would pry apart every mechanical device I could lay my han… read more

  • Samuel Nicoll

    Alexandria, VA

    Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci-Tech

    Teacher: Duncan Forbes

    Senior

    Bio:

    I have always loved math, even from a very early age. I was good at it in school, and it was always my favorite subject. My interest in math only g… read more

  • Jason Qu

    La Jolla, CA

    The Bishop's School

    Teacher: Marcus Milling

    Junior

    Bio:

    As a kid, I had endless curiosity for various subjects, not only asking nonstop questions but also doing my best to dig up the answers. In middle s… read more

  • Allan Sadun

    Traveling Team

    Austin, TX

    Liberal Arts & Science Academy High School

    Teacher: John Stormberg

    Junior

    Bio:

    Most of what I've achieved so far, I've done by accident. That is, I either didn't prepare for it, or I managed to prepare without realizing it. Th… read more

  • Eric Schneider

    Traveling Team

    Lincroft, NJ

    High Technology High School

    Teacher: Charles Christoe

    Junior

    Bio:

    My interest for physics grew as a natural progression stemming from my passion for mathematics, but both seemed to be innate for me. No one in my f… read more

  • Sadik Shahidain

    Princeton, NJ

    Princeton High School

    Teacher: Mark Higgins

    Senior

    Bio:

    In my early years, I developed a strong affinity for mathematics and my parents helped me to nurture and grow that interest as I moved along throug… read more

  • Lawrence Sun

    Portland, OR

    Catlin Gabel School

    Teacher: Robert Sauer

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    My name is Lawrence Sun and I am currently a sophomore at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. My first exposure to the world of academic c… read more

  • Brian Wai

    Saratoga, CA

    Saratoga High School

    Teacher: Kirk Davis

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was introduced to physics during my sophomore year. I found physics quite interesting and challenging. I enjoy physics because it can explain rea… read more

  • Michael Wells

    Weston, MA

    Home School

    Teacher: Sue Wells

    Junior

    Bio:

    I was born in Chester which is a town in the North of England. A long time ago Chester was a Roman fort. My grandfather told me that some people s… read more

  • Jeffrey Yan

    Traveling Team

    Palo Alto, CA

    Palo Alto High School

    Teacher: Shawn Leonard

    Junior

    Bio:

    The first thirteen years of my life revolved around video games, the intense game of hide-and-go-seek tag, and other similar activities with my fri… read more

  • Vickie Ye

    Irvine, CA

    Avid Academy for Gifted Youth

    Teacher: James Li

    Junior

    Bio:

    The funny thing about being so submerged in math and science now is that, up until eighth grade, my favorite subjects were the two most challenging… read more

  • Xue Zhang

    Edina, MN

    Edina Center for Academic Excellence

    Teacher: Yong Lu

    Senior

    Bio:

    Unlike some of the other people here, I didn't start out at an early age with a deep fascination with physics. I had originally planned on becoming… read more

  • Kevin Zhou

    Traveling Team

    Lincroft, NJ

    High Technology High School

    Teacher: Charles Christoe

    Junior

    Bio:

    I've been interested in math even before I learned to speak English, after immigrating to the United States at the age of four. My parents taught m… read more