Results of WYSE Academic Challenge Sectional at McKendree University

(LEBANON, Ill., March 9, 2015) — Students from 26 southwestern Illinois high schools competed in the Illinois Sectional Tournament of the 2015 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge, held on March 9 at McKendree University. The top school teams in each of four divisions, based on enrollment size, were Edwardsville High School, Salem Community High School, Bond County Community High School and Governor French Academy.

Student participants came from Althoff, Belleville West, Bond County (Greenville), Central Community (Breese), Centralia, Christ Our Rock Lutheran (Centralia), Collinsville, Columbia, Dupo, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Gibault (Waterloo), Governor French Academy (Belleville), Lebanon, Marissa, Mascoutah, Mater Dei (Breese), Nashville, O’Fallon, Okawville, Red Bud, Salem, Sandoval, South Central (Farina), Triad, Waterloo and Wesclin.

The Academic Challenge tests high school students in seven subjects. Competing individually and on school teams, 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.

Teams from Governor French, Gibault, Bond County, Red Bud, Salem, Mascoutah, Edwardsville and O’Fallon, as well as almost 50 students, have advanced to the state finals in Champaign, Ill.

This is the 12th year that McKendree University has hosted the competition. Dr. Jim Feher, professor of computer science and computer information systems, 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.

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.

WYSE’s purpose is to advance excellence in science and mathematics and to promote careers in engineering and the sciences.