Jan 22, 2009 — Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) senior, Eli Putterman won a $5,000 college scholarship as one of two National Winners of the Siemens Award for Advanced Placements (AP).
Of all high school males in the country, Eli had the highest number of perfect scores on the eight AP exams considered for the award which include biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, physics, electricity and magnetism, and statistics.
The Siemens Award for Advanced Placements provides $2,000 scholarships each year to students from each of the 50 states who have earned the greatest number of perfect scores on the eight eligible AP exams. Two additional national winners (one male, one female) are named and receive $5,000 scholarships.
Eli’s other achievements include National Merit Scholarship semifinalist in 2008; 2nd place in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Physics Bowl 2008 Division II; Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award winner 2008; first author, “The Square Cat,” American Journal of Physics vol. 76 (2008); Research Science Institute participant, 2008; as well as National Honor Society officer 2008.
Putterman, a Bergenfield, NJ native who plans to study in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion next year and then pursue his bachelors degree in math and physics, is undecided which college he will attend.
He singled out his AP calculus and physics teacher, Dr. Edward Berliner, for his support and guidance. “Over my four years in high school, he has been the driving force behind my academic success. Dr. Berliner has encouraged my interest in science and opened many doors to enable me to pursue that interest.”
Dr. Berliner, who served as Eli’s teacher and faculty advisor had the utmost praise for his student. “Eli is truly a very special student who possesses the rare gift of imparting just as much to the instructor as he receives.”