Clayton, Duchesne High Schools Win WYSE Math-Science Challenge

St. Louis Regional Held at McKendree University on Jan. 31

Lebanon, Ill. — Students from 12 St. Louis area high schools competed at McKendree University on Jan. 31 in the St. Louis Regional tournament of the 2014 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge. Clayton High School took top team honors in the large school division and Duchesne High School won the small school division.

Participating high schools were Clayton, Duchesne, Hancock, Living Word Christian, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Notre Dame, Orchard Farm, St. Charles, St. Charles West, Trinity Catholic, Villa Duchesne Oak Hill and Visitation Academy.

The university has hosted the competition since 2004. 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.

WYSE 2014 Team Photos

Teams and individual students placing first and second will go on to compete at the sectional level with a chance of advancing to the state finals at the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Students from southwestern Illinois high schools will take part in the WYSE Academic Challenge’s Illinois sectional at McKendree University on March 10.