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WYSE Competition held at Lake Land College

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Mattoon
Row 1, from left: Sarah Foster, Victoria Drake, Gabrielle Smith and Riley Phipps.
Row 2, from left: Chris Dyer, Carter Price, Lexi Kremer, Hunter Levingston, Robyn Blood and Coach Jim Sparks.
Row 3, from left: Andrew Dole, Austin Warrem, Ryan Hutchinson, Brock Taylor and Leah Buck.

What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order to take home the regional Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) championship title.

The regional WYSE Academic Challenge was recently held at Lake Land College and 24 schools, registering 401 students came together to battle in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics

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St. Anthony
Row 1, from left: Thomas Stephens, Madeline McDevitt and Laura Deters.
Row 2, from left: Benton Hakman, Alex Curl, Megan Nuxoll and Lauren Schmidt.
Row 3, from left: Kate Richards, John Sandschafer, Frank Jansen, John Goeckner, Scott Rentfrow and Maggie Mumm.

St. Anthony, Sullivan and Mattoon High Schools were victorious in their divisions and took home the regional championship titles.

Winners and point totals for the 300 division were St. Anthony High School (479.2), first; Cumberland High School (428.1), second; Neoga High School (423.6), third; and Casey-Westfield High School (406.6), fourth.

The winners and point totals for the 700 division were Sullivan High School (480.0), first; and Teutopolis High School (460.7), second.

The winners and point totals for the 1500 division were Mattoon High School (472.0), first; and Effingham High School (457.5), second.

The college awarded $1000 tuition waivers to individuals who excelled in their subject areas.

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Sullivan
Row 1, from left: Ross Metzger, Jacob Cameron, Shawn Cody, Alex Davison, Tori Floyd and Rachel Stutzman.
Row 2, from left: Ryan Baker, Alex Harvey, Emily Stutzman, Travis Hanson, Chandler Weber, Adam Davis and Brent Mauck.
Row 3, from left: Keegan Kruckeberg, Charlie Emel, Zane Uphoff, Sean Johnson, Nicholas Kelsey, Patrick Hogan and Reagan Miller.

The recipients in the bio-science division were Maggie Mumm, St. Anthony High School and Robin Cummins, Casey-Westfield High School. The recipients of the chemistry division were Ryan Coffman, Paris Cooperative High School and Alex Curl, St. Anthony High School. The recipients in the computer science division were Shawn Cody, Sullivan High School and Mike Wells, Paris Cooperative High School. The recipients in the engineering graphics division were Cale Atkinson, Shelbyville High School and Charley Ault, Cumberland High School. Recipients in the English division were Brent Mauck, Sullivan High School and Maddie Gibson, Neoga High School. The recipients in the math division were Scott Rentfrow, St. Anthony High School and Cummins. The recipients in the physics division were Rentfrow and Brad Vahling, Teutopolis High School.

Students completed written examinations in seven different areas of study: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. Each student participated in two tests, and the highest scores by members of each team determined the composite team score.

“We had a very successful day thanks to all the students, coaches, and those who gave donations or helped with the event,” said Brent Todd, director of dual credit at Lake Land College.


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