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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,… 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… 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. F… 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 k… 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 we… 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 versi… 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 futu… 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 w… 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 t… 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 … 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 … 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 mathema… 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 comp… 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 l… 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 ch… 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 sp… 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 … 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 fo… 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 equ… 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… read more