Results of WYSE Academic Challenge Sectional at McKendree University

(LEBANON, Ill., March 21, 2018) — Students from 29 southwestern Illinois high schools competed in the Illinois Sectional Tournament of the 2018 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge, held on March 12 at McKendree University. The top school teams in each of four divisions, based on enrollment size, were West Washington County High School, Wesclin High School, Triad High School and O’Fallon Township High School.

Approximately 250 participants came from Althoff Catholic (Belleville), Belleville West, Bond County (Greenville), Central Community (Breese), Centralia, Chester, Christ Our Saviour Lutheran (Evansville), Collinsville, Columbia, Dupo, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Gibault Catholic (Waterloo), Governor French Academy (Belleville), Marissa, Mascoutah, Mater Dei Catholic (Breese), Nashville, O’Fallon, Patoka, Red Bud, Salem, South Central (Farina), Sparta, Steeleville, Triad, Waterloo, Wesclin, and West Washington County (Okawville).  Team photos are posted at

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 is written by college and university faculty. Exams of increasing levels of difficulty are given at the regional, sectional and state finals. The state final competition will be held in Champaign, Ill., April 16-19.

It is the 15th year that McKendree University has hosted the competition. Dr. C.J. Dulaney, assistance professor of computing; Jordyn Lehr, admission counselor; and Valerie Morkisz, faculty secretary, organized the event on campus.

WYSE’s purpose is to advance excellence in science and mathematics and to promote careers in engineering and the sciences. McKendree-bound seniors who attend one of the university’s scholarship events and place in the top three in their school’s division at the WYSE Academic Challenge are eligible for academic scholarships.