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Boonsboro students do well in physics bowl

May 14, 2009

Students in Ralph von Philp's AP Physics class at Boonsboro High School were in good company as they joined about 4,500 other students in taking a challenging multiple choice test for the American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Bowl 2009.

Approximately 225 schools from across the United States and Canada, as well as a school in China, participated in the test that was administered during the first two weeks of April.

Division I was for first-year physics students, while second-year students like von Philp's took the Division II test. Exam questions were based on topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course.

Each Division has 15 regions across the country to allow schools in each region to compete against one another. Specialized math and science schools compete in their own regions, according to the AAPT Web site.

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School team scores were determined by the sum of the scores of the top five students competing. Boonsboro High's team took second place in their region - Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Delaware and North Carolina - for Division II. Boonsboro's top five student scores were from Craig Buwala, Sean Clark, Scoti Dodson, Matt Howe and Tommy Smith.

For more information, including results and a copy of the test, go to http://www.aapt.org/Con tests/physicsbowl.cfm.

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