COAST CITIES — Academic accomplishments abounded at Torrey Pines High School in the second half of the year.
The Torrey Pines High School Varsity Academic Team was the first-runner-up in the North Coast League Championship in San Diego County this spring. They attended the High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta in May, where among 240 invitees, they placed 21st in the country. The team also attended the national championship for the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) in St. Louis in June.
At the 2012 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, six students placed 1st in their category, and 12 students placed second in their category. In addition to the above awards, the students received a total of 20 additional professional and special awards for their work.
This year Torrey Pines had six students qualify for the Physics Olympiad semi-finals. It put us at the highest number of semifinalists per school in Southern California, and one of the top in the nation.
Junior Angela Zou qualified to compete for one of four places on the U.S. team at the International Chemistry Olympiad, and was one of 20 students invited to attend a two-week intensive study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Stephen Yu and Mike Wu were invited to Sacramento to present their INTEL Science Fair project to the state legislature in Sacramento, and Apoorva Mylavarapu placed fourth in her category at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair.
At the California State Science Fair, Apoorva Mylavarapu placed third in Mammalian Biology and Charulata Sinha placed fourth in Microbiology.
The TP Math Club earned a first-place Regional Award for San Diego in the California Math League, second in the UCSD Honors Mathematics Contest, first in the UCSD Honors Statistics Contest, fourth for the Mandelbrot Team Competition, 17th for the National Mandelbrot Competition, second for the CalTech/Harvey Mudd Math Competition, first at the Stanford Math Tournament with Canyon Crest Academy and first-place and Honorable Mention for the Purple Comet Math Meet (with CCA).
In addition, Torrey Pines had 20 students qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam, two students for the USA Math Olympiad, and five for the USA Junior Math Olympiad.
In the TPHS Speech and Debate arena, the team gained national recognition, with Erwin Li (Lincoln-Douglas Debate) at the 2012 Tournament of Champions Debate National Championships, Jonathan Kuang in Humorous Interpretation and Neal Nathan in Congress semi-finals.
At the 2011 Fullerton National Invitationals, Varun Bhave was champion in Junior Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate Debate:
Akiko Friedman won a first-place in expository speaking and Kelsey O’Neill took fourth place in expository speaking at the 2012 Stanford University National Speech Invitationals. William Johnson was a Congressional Debate Semi-Finalist at the 2012 UC Berkeley National Invitationals.
At the 2012 California High School Speech and Debate State Championships in San Francisco, winners included Michael Wientjes in Humorous Interpretation; Nicki Nikkhoy in Impromptu Speaking; Kenneth Cheung, William Johnson and Neal Nathan in Congress; Varun Bhave and Joshua Helali in Lincoln Douglas Debate and Ruochen Huang and Rakin Nasar in Policy Debate.