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The Olympiad is a nine-day international competition among pre-university students from more than 60 nations. — AAPT.ORG

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  • Zachary Bogorad

    Solon, OH

    Solon High School

    Teacher: Ronald Fabo

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I'm not really sure why I'm interested in physics. The biggest reason is definitely an innate desire to know how things work. When I was younger, I wa… read more

  • Jeffrey Cai

    Traveling Team

    Basking Ridge, NJ

    Ridge High School

    Teacher: Michael Gilmore

    Junior

    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, and… read more

  • Eric Chen

    San Diego, CA

    Canyon Crest Academy

    Teacher: John Danssaert

    Junior

    Bio:

    My fascination with math began when I was in elementary school, with my grandfather introducing my third grade mind to "heads and legs" problems. Figuri… read more

  • Kevin Fei

    Carmel, IN

    Carmel High School

    Teacher: David James

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    Science has always been part of my life. My parents instilled me and my brother with an interest of science at an early age by bringing us to all kinds … read more

  • Owen Gray

    Alexandria, VA

    Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci-Tech

    Teacher: Duncan Forbes

    Junior

    Bio:

    My interest in math probably started around second grade when my parents got me a fourth grade math book, and I realized that the problems in it were ac… read more

  • Calvin Huang

    Traveling Team

    Palo Alto, CA

    Henry M. Gunn High School

    Teacher: Lettie Weinmann

    Junior

    Bio:

    I've always had a sort of penchant for math and the natural sciences; I'd read science encyclopedias cover to cover (mind you, it was a kid's version, g… read more

  • Matthew Huang

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Eric Nelson

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    In elementary school, I was the slacker kid who pestered the teacher to give us easier homework. I had never given much thought to an academic future, g… read more

  • Grace Lin

    Palo Alto, CA

    Palo Alto High School

    Teacher: Shawn Leonard

    Junior

    Bio:

    When I first sat down to write this biography, I found this task more daunting than the USAPhO Semifinal. The bios I had read from previous years were a… read more

  • Zach Markos

    Los Angeles, CA

    Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet

    Teacher: Michael Morgan

    Senior

    Bio:

    When I was in kindergarten, my parents noticed that I really liked numbers. My dad took it upon himself to teach me one of the most advanced math topics… read more

  • Xianglong Ni

    Hattiesburg, MS

    Oak Grove High School

    Teacher: Megan Fortenberry

    Junior

    Bio:

    My physics teacher used to tell his students that they would be "masters of the universe" if they could solve physics problems. I've done a lot of physi… read more

  • Edward Park

    Marietta, GA

    Walton High School

    Teacher: Joan Dutter

    Junior

    Bio:

    As a child, I was an innocent little kid, inquisitive to the world and wondering what it held in store. At this point, I wasn't too different from anybo… read more

  • Rahul Sridhar

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Eric Nelson

    Junior

    Bio:

    I am currently a junior at The Harker School, in San Jose, CA. From my early childhood I have always been interested in solving logic and mathematical… read more

  • Lawrence Sun

    Portland, OR

    Catlin Gabel School

    Teacher: Robert Sauer

    Junior

    Bio:

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

  • Jonathan Tidor

    Lexington, MA

    Lexington High School

    Teacher: Ryan Grams

    Junior

    Bio:

    I have been a math person for almost as long as I can remember. Ever since elementary school I've been doing various math contests, starting from local … read more

  • Mike Winer

    Silver Spring, MD

    Montgomery Blair High School

    Teacher: James Schafer

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    Pretty much as far back as I can remember, I have been interested in both science and math. And for most of that time, math was clearly my first choice.… read more

  • Jeffrey Yan

    Traveling Team

    Palo Alto, CA

    Palo Alto High School

    Teacher: Shawn Leonard

    Senior

    Bio:

    I'm so excited to be invited back to physics camp! I had an incredible time last year, where I gained a deep appreciation for physics and got to spend a… read more

  • Vickie Ye

    Irvine, CA

    Avid Academy for Gifted Youth

    Teacher: James Li

    Senior

    Bio:

    I grew up in laid-back, always-sunny Southern California and have spent most of my life being the jack of all trades and the master of none. While this … read more

  • Samuel Zbarsky

    Traveling Team

    Silver Spring, MD

    Montgomery Blair High School

    Teacher: James Schafer

    Senior

    Bio:

    I've loved math as long as I can remember, thanks to my parents. My parents had many years' worth of issues of Kvant, a math and physics journal for hig… read more

  • Kevin Zhou

    Traveling Team

    Lincroft, NJ

    High Technology High School

    Teacher: Charles Christoe

    Senior

    Bio:

    Almost everybody's story seems to start the same way: a love of math. My parents were no scientists, and there weren't any textbooks or science equipmen… read more

  • Kevin Zhu

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Eric Nelson

    Junior

    Bio:

    I have always been passionate about astronomy. Many memories of visits to the local planetarium were accompanied by my animated chatter and ensuing voll… read more