Physics team places second in region

For the fourth year in a row, West Shore has placed as one of the top two high-school physics teams in the Southeast U.S. region in the annual Physics Bowl competition run by the American Association of Physics Teachers. The Southeast U.S. Region consists of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and the Caribbean.

Led by Lexie Krehbiel,  the highest-scoring student in the Southeast U.S. region, the first-year team finished one point out of first place with a combined score of 124 out of a possible 200 points.

The team was composed of sophomore Lexie Krehbiel and juniors Eran del Castillo,  Varun Bansal, Aalekhya Tenali and Kaylee McCormack.

The AAPT’s annual Physics Bowl consists of a 40-question test administered in early April to more than 5,000 students across the United States, Canada and a few other international locations. Awards are given to the top-placing schools and students in each region of the U.S. and internationally.  The contest is divided into Division 1 for students who have taken one year of physics and Division 2 for students who have taken two or more years of physics.

The complete results for this year’s competition are available at http://www3.delta.edu/michaelfaleski/PhysicsBowl/PhysicsBowl_2012_Results.pdf .

Previous West Shore Physics Bowl teams:

• 2011 first-year team:  No. 1 in Florida and No. 2 in Southeast Region:  Ben Heuser (No. 2 in the Southeast), Jack Goffinet, D.K. Issitt, Ben Schwaller and Adam Kline.

• 2010 second-year team:  No. 1 in Southeast Region: Karl Krehbiel (No. 1 in the Southeast, No. 7 worldwide), Mayur Mehta, Jesse Jia, Erik Maki and Ali Lamens

• 2009 first-year team: No. 1 in Florida, No. 2 in Southeast Region: Karl Krehbiel (No.  1 in the Southeast), Louie Rosasco, Mayur Mehta, Ali Lamens and Alex Chiles.

Roar staff report