Top achievement STEMs from academics and co-curriculars

A St. Michael’s College School student is now among the top physics students in the country and worldwide.

Grade 12 student, Tony Cai recently placed 67th out of 2,023 worldwide participants in the University of Waterloo Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest. That puts him within the 96th percentile in Canada out of the 1,756 Canadian students who wrote it.

Tony Cai with Fr. Leung with his Certificate of Distinction from the University of Waterloo.

The contest, which took place on May 8, is designed to challenge students with higher level physics problems.

"Tony is a very strong student in all STEM-related fields,” says Mr. Frank Heijmans, his teacher and head of the Science department. “I have enjoyed seeing Tony develop both personally and technically through the past couple of years of high school.” 

Heijmans also says he recalls writing the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest himself in 1978 when he was in his final year of high school.

At St. Michael’s, Tony has been a critical member of the VEX Robotics Team, one of the school’s many clubs, competing in three to four tournaments every year for the past couple of years. He also placed well in the University of Waterloo Mathematics Contest for high school students.

Tony’s outstanding result in the annual physics contest demonstrates his strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The achievement also confirms his excellence in STEM-related academic and co-curricular activities.

“I think he will have tremendous opportunities as he pursues his journey in engineering,” says Heijmans. “I am excited to see where it leads."