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Brian Kong, Class IV, has been selected as a finalist in the U.S. Physics Team contest leading to the selection of the five Team members to represent the United States at the 39th International Physics Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam, in July. Brian scored exceptionally well on a series of exams this spring at Milton Academy; these exams were administered to thousands of students across the country by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Brian attends an intensive academic training camp for ten days at the University of Maryland (May 17—May 28), which includes another exam process to select the final five students who will compete against 70 other nations at the International Olympiad. The U.S. Physics team has been competing since 1986 through the sponsorship of the AAPT and AIP. Recent hosts for the competition include Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Iran. Last year the U.S. Physics Team earned two gold and three silver medals at the 2007 event held in Isfahan, Iran.