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May 13, 2009 > Mission students named to national physics team

Mission students named to national physics team

Submitted By Nicole Steward

Two students from Mission San Jose High School are among twenty students from across the U.S. who have been identified as finalists for the U.S. Physics Team by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Senior Marianna Mao (previously named an Intel Science Competition Finalist) and sophomore Bowei Liu qualified as finalists from a pool of approximately 4,000 students who participated in the Fnet=ma exam to become part of the 2009 U.S. Physics Team.

"Mission is proud of the accomplishments of these two exceptional students," said Sandy Prairie, Mission San Jose High School Principal. "Marianna and Bowei consistently exemplify the qualities that make them the "best of the best" at Mission, in the district, in the nation and now in the world."

All twenty students will train for the mentally grueling exams and lab tests they'll face as part of the 40th International Physics Olympiad held this summer (July 12-19) in Merida Yucatan, Mexico. In preparation for the International Physics Olympiad, the students will spend ten days at a physics training camp at the University of Maryland, College Park, conducting lab experiments, taking exams, and hearing presentations from prominent scientists. At the end of the training camp, five students will be selected to travel to Mexico for the international competition.

Last year, the team brought home one silver and four gold medals.

The U.S. Physics Olympiad Program was started in 1986 by AAPT to promote and demonstrate academic excellence. The nine-day international competition brings together pre-university students from more than 60 nations.

For more information, visit the main website of the U.S. Physics team at:

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