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Kishwaukee College hosts WYSE Academic Challenge

Kishwaukee College hosted the Worldwide Youth in Sciences and Engineering Academic Challenge on Feb. 5. Eight area high schools sent teams of students to compete in academic testing in seven categories: biology, chemistry, computer science, English, engineering graphics, mathematics and physics.

Competing high schools were placed in one of four divisions based on enrollment. Division 300 is for schools with 300 or fewer students; competitors were Christian Cornerstone, Paw Paw High School, Indian Creek High School, and Hiawatha High School. Division 700 is for schools with 300 to 700 students. The lone competitor in this category was Genoa-Kingston High School. Division 1500 is for schools with 700 to 1,500 students; competitors in this division were Rochelle Township High School and Sycamore High School. Division Unlimited is for schools with enrollments of more than 1,500 students. The lone competitor in this category was DeKalb High School. 

Earning Division 1500 first place team honors was Sycamore High School and second place went to Rochelle High School. Earning first place team honors for Division 300 schools was Cornerstone Christian, second place went to Indian Creek, third place to Paw Paw, and fourth place to Hiawatha. First- and second-place teams advance to the WYSE sectional competition at Northern Illinois University. The DeKalb and the Genoa-Kingston teams also will advance to NIU.

Medals were awarded in each of the four divisions to the students earning the top three scores in each academic area. Gold medal winners in each academic category are:

Biology: Khloe Gordon, Indian Creek; Zane Lacasse, Genoa-Kingston; Lauren Munday, Rochelle; Abby Hickey, DeKalb.

Chemistry: Khloe Gordon, Indian Creek; Reuben James, Genoa-Kingston; Jason Pierce, Rochelle; Sasha Ebrahimi, DeKalb.

Computer Science: Jasper Wu, Cornerstone Christian; Cesar Gomez, Genoa-Kingston; Christian Bailey and Jake Strenge, both from Rochelle; Zhouri Ni, DeKalb.

Engineering Graphics: Corey Suddeth, Indian Creek; Ray Puckett, Genoa-Kingston; Jake Strenge, Rochelle; Jacob Maas, DeKalb.

English: Alexandra Corriveaux, Indian Creek; Amanda Adamczyk, Genoa-Kingston; Elizabeth Watson, Sycamore; Allegra Domel, DeKalb.

Math: Robert Mitchell, Cornerstone Christian; Cesar Gomez, Genoa-Kingston; Casey Bunge, Sycamore; Sammie Coakley, DeKalb.

Physics: Mitch Lave, Indian Creek; Ray Puckett, Genoa-Kingston; Casey Bunge, Sycamore; Emily Stuebing, DeKalb.

In addition, the student who achieved the highest score for the day in each academic category, across divisions, received a tuition waiver from Kishwaukee College for three credit hours. The tuition waiver recipients in each category were: Zane Lacasse, Genoa-Kingston, and Khloe Gordon, Indian Creek, (tied) Biology; Khloe Gordon, Indian Creek, Chemistry; Christian Bailey and Jake Strenge, both Rochelle, Jasper Wu, Cornerstone, and Cesar Gomez, Genoa-Kingston (four-way tie), Computer Science; Ray Puckett, Genoa-Kingston, Engineering Graphics; Elizabeth Watson, Sycamore, English; Casey Bunge, Sycamore, Math and Physics.

The next WYSE competition will be the sectionals to be held at NIU in March followed by the state competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April.

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