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Students from Boston, Connecticut, Ohio and Minnesota win 2002 US Physics Olympiad

American Institute of Physics

After a week of grueling physics exams, lab experiments and classroom work, five students have been selected as winners of the 2002 Physics Olympiad. The students will be awarded medals and college scholarships tonight at a tribute hosted by NASA in Washington D.C.

The Winning Students Are:

Steven Byrnes: Junior, Roxbury Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts. Stephen is a mathematic scholar, plays blues and jazz piano, sings, and is a member of the cross-country team. Stephen lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Sean Markan: Senior, Roxbury Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts. Sean has already done work in physics at the Research Science Institute. Sean also plays piano, sings, and runs cross-country. Sean will be attending MIT next year.

Pavel Batrachenko: Junior, John Marshall High School, Rochester, Minnesota. Pavel has won numerous mathematics competitions, is a member of the school astronomy club and recently completed a mentorship project in biochemistry at the Mayo Clinic.

David Simmons-Duffin: Senior, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio. David will be attending Harvard University next year.

Benjamin Schwartz: Senior, Staples High School, Westport, Connecticut. David sings and is in a performance choir. He has also volunteered his time in building homes for homeless families in Havana, Cuba. Benjamin will be attending MIT next year.

The 2002 United States Physics Team, which competed in the 2002 Physics Olympiad, is made up of 24 high school students, representing 15 states. First nominated by their high school physics teachers, in January the students began taking extremely challenging physics exams, eventually scoring higher than 1100 other students to earn a spot on the prestigious team.


The US Physics Team is co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics.

To request photos or for more information contact:
Rory Richards, American Institute of Physics, (301) 209-3088.

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