Israel Physics Team 311.
(photo credit: Muki Schwartz)
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Tuesday welcomed home the members of the
Israel Physics Team from the 42nd International Physics Olympiad, which was
recently held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Israel placed 13th out of 84
The five high-school students who represented
Israel won two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal: Asaf Rosen
(from Motta Gur High School in Modi’in) won gold; Gal Dor (from Ahad Ha’am High
School in Petah Tikva) won gold; Ben Akiva Feinstein (from Rabin High School in
Modi’in) won silver; Gur Peri (from Rabin High School in Mazkeret Batya) won
silver; and Aviv Frenkel (from Yad Leibovitz High School in Netanya) won
“ Your achievement has national significance. You scored better
than your peers from many western countries.
Your achievements are
impressive and you have brought honor and pride to the State of Israel,” Sa’ar
told the students upon their arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport. “Ours is a country
that aspires to excellence in all fields – our existence depends on it. The
education system will continue to invest resources in order to further improve
Education Ministry Director- General Shimshon
Shoshani, who accompanied Sa’ar, praised the Ministry’s approach in preparing
the students for the international competition.
“There has been a
breakthrough here: We changed the approach, and today we are investing
considerable resources in preparing the teams. In the past two years, the
Ministry has decided to focus on four Olympic fields: Mathematics, physics,
computer science and chemistry, and has expanded the process of locating and
preparing students for the Olympiads.”