Clayton, Villa Duchesne Oak Hill Win WYSE Math-Science Challenge

St. Louis Regional Held at McKendree University Feb. 24

Lebanon, Ill. — More than 170 talented students from eight St. Louis area high schools competed at McKendree University on Feb. 24 in the St. Louis Regional tournament of the 2012 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge. Clayton High School took top team honors in the large school division and Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School won the small school division.

Participating high schools were Clayton, Hancock, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Notre Dame, St. Charles, Trinity Catholic, Villa Duchesne Oak Hill and Visitation.

It is the ninth year that the university has hosted the competition. Dr. Jim Feher, professor of computer science and computer information systems at McKendree, is chairman of the WYSE advisory board.

The purpose of WYSE is to advance excellence in science and mathematics and to promote careers in engineering and the sciences. The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of multiple-choice tests in seven subjects, designed to motivate talented high school students to higher achievement in science and math.

Competing individually and as varsity and junior varsity teams in divisions based on their school’s enrollment size, students take tests 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.

More than 260 students from 29 high schools will take part in the WYSE Academic Challenge’s Illinois sectional at McKendree University on Mar. 12.

Results of the WYSE St. Louis Regional are posted online at:


WYSE Academic Challenge, St. Louis, Missouri, Regional, Feb. 24, 2012

Team Photos:


Photo of Clayton High School Junior Varsity 2012 

Clayton High School – Junior Varsity

Front row: Regine Rosas, David Behrend, William Wysession, Jack Wei, Matthew Millett, Scott Rapponotti.

Back row: Jake Bernstein, Dan Zeng, Ali Rangwala, Dan Fan, Emily Widder, Jacqueline Leong, Toby Barrack, Jeffrey Cheng, Coach Rex Rice.


Photo of Clayton High School Varsity 2012

Clayton High School – Varsity

Front row: Caitlyn Kropp, Brett Rapponotti, Shuyang Li, Corrine Yap, Eleanor Gund, Rachel Han.

Center row: Dee Luo, Paul Lisker, Xiaoya Wu, Marguerite Daw, Dylan Schultz, Apporva Sharma, Coach Rex Rice.

Back row: Noam Kantor, Alex Meneses, Jack Klamer.


Photo of Hancock High School Varsity 2012 

Hancock High School

Front row: Annalise Goeke, Djenana Imamovic, Begemina Nezirevic, Fatima Komic, Brandy Sikorski, Maria Parker.

Back row: Spencer Demars, Johanna Phillips, Will Laxton, Jordan Lambay, Alex Flam.

Not pictured: Coach Steve Kelly.


Photo of Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School Varsity 2012 

Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School

Front row: Jonas Tiggs, Lindsey Emmel, Jena Doering, Jaszmyn Epps, Brittany Byrd, Jasmine Buchanan.

Back row: John Barron, Madeline Gamero, Julianna Schenberg, Catie Todisman, Amber Sinclair, William Tipton, Krystal Peterson, Daniel Jamrozik, Coach Kathleen Dwyer.


Photo of Notre Dame High School Junior Varsity 2012 

Notre Dame High School – Junior Varsity

Front row: Ellen Dalton, Clare Mattione, Maddie Sieburn, Rebecca Fearon, Danielle Rinck, Elizabeth Helm.

Back row: Sister Celine Schumacher, coach; Caroline Knese, Michaela Wagner, Natalie Pistone, Emily Henry, Sarah Wolter, Ann Muehlfarth, Abbey Froidl, Jade Lubimski.


Photo of Notre Dame High School Varsity 2012 

Notre Dame High School – Varsity

Front row: Amanda Juengst, Sarah Mertzlufft, Kate Mertzlufft, Katherine Costello, Claire Zimmerman, Anna Mattione.

Back row: Sister Celine Schumacher, coach; Melissa Willoughby, Rachel Rone, Rose Marinaro, Samantha Trottier, Emily Migalla, Emily Nickels, Anna Roach, Sarah Meyer.


Photo of St. Charles High School Junior Varsity 2012 

St. Charles High School – Junior Varsity

Front row: Lewie Dunham, Kayla Charles, Emily Karr, Hannah Koberstein, Amanda Kubiak.

Center row: Xavier Hawes, Avery Ruth, Joel Northcutt.

Back row: Josh Kelch, Jackie Willis, Coach Ellen Zerr, Ben Lassanske, Ryan Pendleton, Nathan Welch, Tucker Shoup.


Photo of St. Charles High School Varsity 2012 

St. Charles High School – Varsity

Front row: Shannon Stross, Stephanie Swengrosh, Chelsea Branson, Candice Mohapp, Andrea Haake,

Back row: Dillon Forbes, Kenny Farmer, Will Whistler-Brown, Cody Spradling, Dan Wilson, Coach Ellen Zerr, John Gallion, Elizabeth Schlueter, Tim Butz, Evan Forbes.


Photo of Trinity Catholic High School 2012

Trinity Catholic High School 

Front row: Sarah Dawson, Rachel Hunt, Dillon Porzell, Nolan Walsh, Tanner Effinger, Kayla Bulva.

Back row: Coach Frank Cange, Matt Scheideker, Nick Sonntag, Mike Thiemet, Kyle Walsh, Matt Collona, Jeff Guerrant, David Redden, Mike Hilmes.


Photo of Trinity Catholic High School 2012 

Trinity Catholic High School 

Front row: Riley Hogan, Rachel Toczylowski, Bola Akinola, Katie Driskill, Anna Duban, John Hilmes.

Back row: Coach Frank Cange, Alan Scheibel, Meghan O’Donnell, Brendan McGrellis, Mike Lacy, Fausto Tommasi, Joe Anger, Matt Koeller, Connor Walsh, Katie Eveld.


Photo of Villa Duchesne Oak Hill High School 2012 

Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School

Front row: Jordan Lucas, Zeyna Naufel, Lauren Lauer, Chelsea Scism, Lauren Nickson, Madelaine Behrens.

Back row: Kathy Danzo, Riann Colbert, Meghan Grojean, Morgan Link, Sophie Flotron, Mary Hogan, Kristen Buehne, Megan Pohl, Catherine Wagner, Coach Didi Noelker.


Photo of Visitation Academy 2012 

Visitation Academy

Front row: Samantha Miller, Mary Puleo, Shannon Sheehan, Mary Murphy, Alyssa Goodman, Julia Steger.

Back row: Coach Steven Bockhold, Christina Miller, Shannen Hayes, Kate Hermeling, Katherine Lumetta, Rachel Granberg, Carly Thaxton, Cynthia Sung, Megan Danzo.