MÉRIDA, Yucatán, (December 15, 2021).- A young Yucatecan is among the 10 best physics students in the world, as he won a silver medal at the Ibero-American Physics Olympiad.
His name is Juan Enrique Monsreal Quintal, a student at the Prepa Uno Preparatory School of the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY), who made the people of Yucatán proud by obtaining the highest medal for Mexico in the Ibero-American Physics Olympiad.
Thanks to his classification in this international competition, he is the first Yucatecan to belong to the group of the 10 best physics students in the world.
Lots of preparation
The 17-year-old participated first in the state competition and was selected to compete in August at the Central American and Caribbean Olympiad in Physics (Occafi), where he won the silver medal.
Later, from November 28 to December 2, he participated virtually in the Ibero-American Physics Olympiad, competing against 75 students from 22 countries, where he obtained another silver medal.
In order to be one of those selected, he had to prepare with intensive training with his physics teacher, David González, and was also advised by former UADY Olympic students.
Juan Enrique wants to go to Harvard
In an interview, the student from Preparatoria Uno reported that only four Mexican students from Nuevo León, Puebla, Morelos, and Yucatán participated, who competed together with 71 other young people from different countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and Spain.
“My purpose is to get to Harvard and study Theoretical Physics; I know that with my effort and dedication, I will achieve it. I will continue to strive because I am in one of the best institutions in the country, because until today and with the support of my professors I have reached the best international competitions “, he highlighted.
For her part, the campus director, Ligia Herrera Correa, pointed out that this shows that UADY and its students have the ability to compete internationally and stand out among the best.
“For more than 20 years, Preparatoria Uno has participated and stood out in different national and now international Olympics, which results in good practices in the classrooms, as well as local talent in the subject and capacity of teachers to transmit knowledge “, he added.
Herrera Correa invited more young people to participate in the academic fair and that they can demonstrate their knowledge in real learning scenarios.
Finally, the principal congratulated Juan Enrique for his effort, dedication and discipline, “these achievements represent a clear example for the students; to say that it can be done ”, she pointed out.