Cornerstone excels at WYSE competition

Cornerstone Christian High School students recently competed in the regional Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering academic competition held at Kishwaukee College.

The competition requires students to prepare for and take two college-level exams in math, one of the sciences, or English. The competition is divided into divisions based on enrollment size. CCA competes at the 300 level against Paw Paw, Indian Creek and Hiawatha public schools. For the second year in a row, CCA high school students brought home a first-place regional win. The team scored 498.4 points overall.

The first place win at regional competition qualifies the Cornerstone team to advance to sectional competition at Northern Illinois University in March. If students place in the top three at sectionals they will advance to the state competition at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Medals are awarded at the competition to students who place first, second or third in each subject area by division. Following is a list of students who received medals: Salvador Arguello, second place in computer science; Caleb Hudson, first place in English; Ryan Hudson, first place in engineering and graphics, second place in math; Tyler Mathes, second place in biology; and Jason Zhou, first place in chemistry, second place in physics. Senior Michael Liu was the top-scoring chemistry student among all eight schools competing at the regional contest.