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Eric Schneider

Traveling Team

Lincroft, NJ

High Technology High School

Grade: Junior


Tennis, Skiing and Snowboarding, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt), Soccer, "Ultimate Frisbee", Reading, Origami, Video Games, Theater, Amusement Parks, Foosball, Laser Tag


Varsity Tennis Team, Elected Student Council Member, Computer Programming League - Founder, Physics League, Calculus League, Science Bowl, Technology Student Association (TSA), Performing Arts Club, Academic Quiz-Net Team


U.S. Physics Team (2011 & 2012), MOP (attended 2010 & 2011, qualified 2012), USAMO (Five Time Qualifier: 2008 -2012), Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (2010 & 2011), United States of America Computing Olympiad (2010), North America Computational Linguistics Olympiad Finalist (2012), U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Semifinalist (2012), U.S. Biology Olympiad Semifinalist (2012), 2012 National "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" Competition (2nd Place), USAMTS Gold Prize Winner (2010 & 2012), Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC) - 1st Place Individual and 1st Place Team (2010), ARML (1st Place National Champions - 2009, 2010 & 2011), Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) - 2nd Place 2009, 2010 & 2012), Lehigh University Math Contest (1st Place Individual - 2011 & 2012), NJ High School Math League (1st Place - 2010 & 2011), National Latin Exam Gold Medalist (2011), Physics League Team (1st in NJ - 2010 & 2011)


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 family is either a mathematician or a physicist, nor was I introduced to anyone in those fields early in my life. However, from the time I was a toddler, I simply seemed to gravitate to toys which involved spatial relationships such as building a plane with my erector set or solving puzzles, both physical ones, and brainteaser types. For my birthdays, I often asked friends for science kits, and these sets were my first introduction to concepts like magnetism or electricity. I also starting entering math contests in elementary school and joined my school's Science Olympiad team. At the time, math contests were much more prevalent than science competitions. I was not really introduced to physics until 8th grade when a youth group advisor I knew asked me if I would like his old college physics textbook which he was about to discard. I read that book cover to cover, mainly during my bus rides to and from school, and realized that I found most of the subject matter truly fascinating. From that point, I actively sought out other sources and materials, such as The Feynman Lectures on Physics, which now holds a treasured place on my bookshelf.

I was excited when I earned a much sought after spot on last year's U.S. Physics Team, and felt just as honored when I again earned a place on the team this year. I know that many of my last year's teammates have since graduated and have gone on to new ventures in their lives, but I am looking forward to reconnecting with the few repeaters, like myself, and I am excited to meet the rest of the team who are joining for the first time. I wish to thank those people in my life who have cheered for me and supported me through all my triumphs, as well as disappointments, and who have never stopped believing in me. For those who have acted as mentors, I hope that I can "pay it forward" by acting as a mentor for others who aim to follow in my own footsteps.

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