The Middlesex Physics teams represented Middlesex admirably this year in their first and only contest of the year: the American Association of Physics Teacher’s PhysicsBowl. This challenging 40 question multiple choice test was taken by 7100 students this year from hundreds of schools across the world, and our students performed very well against tough competition.
Both our Division 1 (first year physics students, our AP Physics 1 classes) and our Division 2 (second year physics students, our AP Physics C classes) placed 4th in our New England region. Additionally, we were thrilled that Jeremiah DeGreeff was recognized for placing 2nd in Division 2 in our region. He is only the second Middlesex student in history to earn an individual place distinction in this competition. Congrats, Jeremiah!
In Division 1, the average score nationally was 16.3, and Middlesex was led in the team competition by Hyuntae Choi with a score of 23, more than 1 standard deviation better than the national average. The team score of 101 came from the scores of Hyuntae, James Ewing (21), David Hitzrot (20), Justin O’Toole (19), and one of the scores of 18 earned by Chris Elson, Riley Galizio, Ricky Li, Phoebe Lu, or Cate Pittelli. Also beating the national average with a score of 17 were Walker Massey, Anna Simmons, and Anya Singh. Middlesex’s 101 points was just behind 3rd place Avon (CT) High School’s 103.
In Division 2, the national average on a much more challenging test was 16.8, and Middlesex earned 90 points to finish behind Guilford High School’s 113, New Canaan High School’s 101, and Sharon (MA) High School’s 95. The MXVP team score came from Jeremiah‘s impressive score of 26, nearly 2 standard deviations above the national average, along with 19 from Kenyon Pelletier, and 15 each from Anna Dai, Leo Dong, and Haydn Herrema.
Congrats to all our physicists, and here’s to another strong performance next year!