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Grace Lin

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto High School

Grade: Senior


Ultimate Frisbee, dance, riding dragons, reading, cross country, piano


Science Olympiad Club, Math Club, Frisbee Club


USA(J)MO Qualifier (2011, 2013-14), U.S. Physics Team (2013-14), USAPhO Semi-finalist (2012-14), National Science Olympiad (2013), National Science Bowl (2013)


I'm excited to be invited back to camp for another year! I had a great time designing experiments in lab and learning more physics last year. I can't wait to see old friends, meet new teammates, and spend another mind-blowing physics-filled week at camp.

This year has been a journey of pursuing new passions and reigniting old ones. I started playing Ultimate Frisbee, and I stepped back on to a dance floor for the first time in eighteen months. Like many little girls, my childhood dream was to become a ballerina. When I was injured, in my twelve-year-old mind, the world caved in. But you know what? I figured if I couldn't be dancing, I might as well do something interesting. In my case, that something was usually math or physics problems.

For the past several years, I've spent a lot of time expanding my math and physics horizons. In all queries on the subject of future plans, my response has been as divergently ambiguous as possible. "Math, physics, or computer science... and maybe literature or something else." I haven't figured it out. But regardless of the turns in my road ahead, I will be thinking and deliberating in the same logical problem-solving mindset that my physics training has ingrained in me. I'm looking forward to exploring new and old interests and meeting lots of different people at Harvard in the fall.

I would like to thank Dr. Bowditch for organizing the Physics Olympiad at my school. I would also like to thank Dr. Bowditch, Mr. Leonard, and Ms. Steingart for all the support they have given me in bringing our Science Olympiad team to a new level. Thank you to my mom, dad, and brother, for all your love and support in getting me this far.

I look forward to intense physics-ing with all of you at camp. I really enjoyed playing Frisbee last year, and hope we'll find time for a couple fun games too!

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