Indonesian Students Win Big at Physics Olympiad

Five Indonesian students brought home big honors at the 42nd International Physics Olympiad (IPho) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Erwin Wibowo from BPK Penabur State Senior High School in Serpong of Banten Province took gold medal honors, narrowly defeating Kevin Ardian Fauzie from Santa Maria State Senior High School in Santa Maria of Pekanbaru in Riau Province, who earned the silver medal.

Two students from Sragen Bilingual Boarding School in Central Java, Farhan Nur Kholid and Luqman Fathurochim, and a student from Pribadi State Senior High School in Depok of West Java Province, Imam Agung Raharja got the bronze medals.

Totok Supraytno, the Ministry of Education's Director for Senior High School Management, said the students would be given scholarships to pursue their studies.

Totok said that Erwin would be given a scholarship to complete his doctoral degree, while both Farhan and Luqman would be given scholarships until they obtained their master's degrees, while Imam until he finishes his bachelor degree.

"To receive the scholarships, the students have been asked to report to the higher education department," Totok said, adding that there were 393 students from 84 countries competing in the Olympiad.

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