Clayton, Duchesne Win St. Louis Regional WYSE Academic Challenge

Tournament Held at McKendree University on Feb. 19

(LEBANON, Ill., February 22, 2016) — Students from 11 St. Louis area high schools competed at McKendree University on Feb. 19 in the St. Louis Regional Tournament of the 2016 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge. Clayton High School took the top honors trophy 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 and Visitation Academy.

McKendree University has hosted the competition since 2004. Dr. Jim Feher, Division of Computing chair and professor, oversees 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 biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. The competition is designed to motivate and challenge talented Illinois and Missouri 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.

Team Photos

Teams and individual students placing first and second will go on to compete at the sectional level for a chance to advance to the Missouri state finals at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla on April 19.

Students from southwestern Illinois high schools will take part in the WYSE Academic Challenge Sectional at McKendree University on March 14.