St. Louis Schools Compete in WYSE Math-Science Challenge
Lebanon, Ill. — More than 150 of the best and brightest students from eight Missouri
high schools crossed the river to compete in the St. Louis regional tournament of
the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge, hosted by
McKendree University on Feb. 11. Clayton High School took top team honors in the large
school division and Trinity Catholic High School won the small school division.
This is the seventh year that McKendree has hosted the annual competition. Participating high schools were Clayton, Hancock, Incarnate Word, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, St. Charles, St. Joseph’s, Trinity Catholic and Visitation.
"I always look forward to this time of year, when we can bring such bright students to campus for our Academic Challenge,”said Dr. Jim Feher, chairman of the WYSE advisory board, and associate professor and associate professor of computer science and computer information systems at McKendree.
WYSE works to advance excellence in science and mathematics and to promote careers in engineering and the sciences. The Academic Challenge is a series of competitive multiple-choice tests in seven subjects, designed to motivate talented and diverse high school students to higher achievement in science and math.
Students are tested as teams and individually in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics. Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula and written by college and university faculty. Exams of increasing levels of difficulty are given at the regional, sectional and state finals.
Teams and individuals placing first and second will compete in the Missouri sectionals in March.
McKendree will host more than 300 students at the WYSE Academic Challenge’s Illinois sectional on Mar. 11.
Complete results from the St. Louis regional are posted at
McKendree University ranks among the top 10 percent of "Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the nation and in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2010." Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. www.mckendree.edu
Clayton High School
Front row: Paul Lisker, Charles Beard, Kaize Zheng, Ian Miller, Ikshu Neithalath, Chi Zeng;
Center row: YouRan Kim, Augustine Heil, Rebecca Steinberg, Shuyang Li, Meredith Redick;
Back row: Thomas Evashwick, Edward Du, Brett Virgin-Downey, Kevin Matheny, Ali Sehizadeh, Sagar Yadama, Coach Rex Rice.
Hancock High School – Junior Varsity
Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School
St. Joseph’s Academy