High School Student Winners Announced in UA Physics Contest
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nearly 300 students representing 21 schools recently competed in the 37th annual University of Alabama High School Physics Contest.
Students competed for top honors through a series of tests and competitions during the event, sponsored by UA’s department of physics and astronomy.
The top two finishers in the written exam who choose to attend UA will receive four-year, in-state tuition scholarships. Students who do well in the competition are invited to apply to the E. Scott Barr Scholarship program that awards generous scholarships to students majoring in physics.
In addition to the student competition, the event includes programs for teachers, an open house on research in physics, a physics show and informal opportunities to experience campus life at UA. Students competed in both individual and team events.
The following are the top individual winners:
Kevin Kusch, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (Mobile), 1st Place
Hema Pingali, Randolph School (Huntsville), 2nd Place
Huiying Zhang, Mississippi School for Math and Science (Columbus), 3rd Place
Grant Smith, Homewood High School, 4th Place
Xianming Li, Hoover High School, 5th Place
Rebecca Riley, Homewood High School, 6th Place
Jonathan Hurowit, Altamont School (Birmingham), 7th Place
Drew Shroyer, Homewood High School, 8th Place
Hemin Noorani, Hoover High School, 9th Place
Allen Davis, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (Mobile), 10th Place
The following are team awards:
Cipher Competition (Overall)
1st Place – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (Mobile)
Chris McDonald, Janzen Lee, Allen Davis, Kevin Kusch, Conor Kusch, Silvio Piccini, Logan Robinson, Collin Phillips, Allen Davis, Jacob Jagiello
2nd Place – Hoover High School
Xianming Li, Hemin Noorani, Shep Lotz, Madhukar Mayokonda, Sasha Hedges, Archit Thopay, Kris Short, Luke Johnson, David Hall, Andrew Chun, Bhargav Earla, Hollie Barron, Ben McLemore, Ian Carothers, Christian Free, Trevor Davis, Saad Raja, Jessica Prestel, Trey Chaffin, Khalil Saadig, Greg Rogers, Lauren Wiggins, Morgan Rogers, Hamza Gujar, Jessica Prestel, Khalil Saadiq, Hamza Gujar, Ashley Wylie, Lauren Wiggins, Morgan Rogers, Josh Vines
3rd Place – Ranburne High School
Zach Jamison, Sadie Smith, Spence Florzak, Aaron Dodson, Stephanie Benefield, Michelle Baughn, Daniel Evans, Rebecca Anglin, Cole Yearta, Blake Grizzard, Clayton Young, Joe Wierzbicki, Spencer Gibbs, Bradley Gibbs, Jared Edwards,Corey Smith
Large Public Division
1st Place – Hoover High School, Team 1
2nd Place – Homewood High School, Team 4
3rd Place – Hoover High School, Team 2
Small Public Division
1st Place – Ranburne High School, Team 4
2nd Place – Ranburne High School, Team 3
3rd Place Ranburne High School, Team 2
Private School Division
1st Place – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Team 1
2nd Place – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Team 2
3rd Place Randolph School, Team 1
Math and Science School Division
1st Place – Mississippi School for Math and Science, Team 1
The department of physics and astronomy is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards, including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and memberships on the USA Today Academic All-American Team.
(Note: Representatives from Homewood High School and Randolph School are not pictured.)
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.