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Gunnery Named Top School Team in New England in the National Physics Bowl

There was general rejoicing when Science Department Chair, Steve Bailey announced Thursday that The Gunnery Physics Team was the top team for the New England Region in the Division II National Physics Bowl Results.
The Gunnery also had an individual regional winner, with Allen Jing securing second place in New England.

The Gunnery’s Division II team numbered 25 students who were competing against 4,500 students from 280 schools across the US, Canada, China, and Spain. All the students take the same test in April. The top schools and the top individual winners receive monetary and other awards from the contest’s sponsors.

“I am so excited and happy with this news,” Mr. Bailey said, “Division II is actually a more difficult test to take and is for those who are in AP courses." Added Head of School Peter Becker, “Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the National Physics Bowl, the results speak to Mr. Bailey's leadership and dedication to teaching.”

When asked what the results meant to the school Mr. Bailey added "we have come close to being in the top two in the region, sometimes missing by a few points; however, this year’s group of AP students are on their game. I am equally sure they will do well on the AP exam on Monday.”

Complete Results can be found at the PhysicsBowl website -

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