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Boonsboro students compete in state Physics Olympics

March 19, 2007

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro High School students Jeffrey DeTora, Matthew Johnson and Adam Martens took sixth place overall against 56 teams from around the state in the Central Maryland Physics Olympics on Feb. 24 at Liberty High School in Carroll County.

Physics Olympians race against a clock using materials provided to build devices that perform a given function, according to Boonsboro physics teacher and team coach Ralph von Philip. Similar to Destination Imagination team events, Physics Olympians know ahead of time what three of the tasks will be, but approach the other three tasks blindly. Events test both understanding of physics principles and ingenuity of team members.

Two other Boonsboro teams also competed. Team A members were Chris Heim, Jeremy Lantz, Cory McKee, Bridgette Ringley and Marcus Yates. Team B members were Brennen Baylor, Sam McLernon, Jonathan Miller and Kayvon Mirdamadi.

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