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IMSA Student Earns U.S. Physics Team Honor

Patrick Hurst, a senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, was selected to be a member of the United States Physics Team. Only 20 students nationally are chosen for the 2009 team from a pool of more than 2,000 nominees. IMSA junior Bonny Jain of Moline also was named a semi-finalist in the competition.

U.S. Physics Team member and IMSA senior Patrick Hurst
 U.S. Physics Team Semifinalist and IMSA junior Bonny Jain

Hurst, of Inverness, was selected as a member of the team based on a semi-final exam, his transcript and academic summary, an application and letter of recommendation. For a listing of Hurst’s other accomplishments and hobbies, click here

As a result of making the team, Hurst will attend nine days of intensive training and problem-solving this month at the University of Maryland. Five members of the team will be chosen to represent the U.S. at the International Physics Olympiad in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico July 12-19, 2009.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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