Schools Compete in WYSE Academic Challenge Sectional at McKendree

Governor French, Freeburg, Centralia and Edwardsville Take Top Team Honors

Lebanon, Ill. — Students from 31 southwestern Illinois high schools competed in the Illinois Sectional tournament of the 2013 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge, held on March 11 at McKendree University. The top schools in each division, based on enrollment size, were Governor French Academy (under 300); Freeburg (300 to 700); Centralia (700 to 1,500); and Edwardsville (over 1,500), which posted the highest team score of the day.

Participants came from Bond County (Greenville), Breese Central, Carlyle, Centralia, Chester, Christ Our Rock Lutheran (Centralia), Collinsville, Dupo, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Gibault (Waterloo), Governor French Academy (Belleville), Highland, Lebanon, Marissa, Mascoutah, Mater Dei (Breese), Mulberry Grove, Nashville, O’Fallon, Odin, Okawville, Red Bud, Salem, Sandoval, South Central (Farina), Sparta, Vandalia, Waterloo, Wesclin (Trenton) and Woodlawn.

Eight teams and 58 top scorers advance to the state finals in Champaign next month. Sectional results are posted at and team photos are at

McKendree-bound seniors who attend one of the university’s scholarship events and also place in the top three in their school’s division at the WYSE Academic Challenge are eligible for academic scholarships.

It is the tenth year that the university has hosted the competition. Dr. Jim Feher, professor of computer science and computer information systems at McKendree, chairs the WYSE advisory board. “It’s fantastic to give recognition to so many outstanding young students for their achievement in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," he said.

WYSE’s purpose 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 greater achievement.

Competing individually and as in divisions based on their school’s enrollment size, students are tested on 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.


Photo of Bond County High School 2013

Bond County

Photo of Breese Central High School 2013

Breese Central

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Photo of Centralia High School 2013


Photo of Chester High School 2013


Photo of Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School 2013

Christ Our Rock Lutheran

Photo of Collinsville High School 2013


Photo of Dupo High School 2013


Photo of Edwardsville High School 2013


Photo of Freeburg High School 2013


Photo of Gibault High School 2013


Photo of Govenor French Academy 2013

Governor French Academy

Photo of Highland High School 2013


Photo of Lebanon High School 2013


Photo of Marissa High School 2013


Photo of Mascoutah High School 2013


Photo of Mater Dei 2013

Mater Dei

Photo of Mulberry Grove High School 2013

Mulberry Grove

Photo of Nashville High School 2013


Photo of O'Fallon High School 2013


Photo of Odin High School 2013


Photo of Okawville High School 2013


Photo of Red Bud High School 2013

Red Bud

Photo of Salem High School 2013


Photo of Sandoval High School 2013


Photo of South Central High School 2013

South Central

Photo of Sparta High School 2013


Photo of Vandalia High School 2013


Photo of Waterloo High School 2013


Photo of Wesclin High School 2013


Photo of Woodlawn High School 2013





McKendree University ranks among the top quarter of regional universities nationwide in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” report. It is also a College of Distinction, among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for 2013. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.