EFFINGHAM, IL -(Effingham Radio)- St. Anthony High School WYSE team earned 1st Place in sectional competition held on March 8, 2018, at Eastern Illinois University.
The team will advance to the WYSE state competition to be held at the University of Illinois on April 18, 2018.
This year’s team competed against six other teams in the 300 division.
The schools they competed against included Cumberland High School, St. Teresa High School, Meridian High School, Fisher High School and Oblong High School.
Individual team members also placed.
In Biology, Maryann Saba and Alex Beesley tied for first place and Carly Spraul tied for 2nd place.
Suhyun Moon tied for 3rd place in the Chemistry competition. In Math, Ethan Rozene earned 1st place, Ian Copple received 2nd place, and Maryann Saba tied for 3rd.
Ian Copple also earned 2nd place in Physics and Jack Nuxoll received 3rd place.
The 2018 WYSE team members include Aidan Bailey, Alex Beesley, Saidee Bushur, Olivia Clausius, Ian Copple, Katie Kabbes, Suhyun Moon, Jack Nuxoll, Ethan Rozene, Maryann Saba, Carly Spraul, McKenna Steineman, Bryson Wall, Ava Wegman, John Hartke and Sophie Moore. Team coaches are Joy Jones and Matthew Poston.
WYSE, which stands for Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, developed the Academic Challenge, a series of competitive tests offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri.
The tests are offered by more than 50 community colleges and universities, and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.
Test material is taken from senior high school and college freshman-level curricula.
Subjects for the Academic Challenge include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.
The questions are written by college and university faculty, and increase in difficulty for different levels such as regional, sectional and state finals. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team (when their school fields a team).
They have 40 minutes to complete the tests, which are multiple choice ranging from 30 to 100 questions depending on the subject.
St. Anthony Schools are Catholic, co-educational schools that provide a learning environment steeped in tradition and committed to excellence in education.
Founded by St. Anthony’s parish and originally ran by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the school system offers a comprehensive curriculum where students are encouraged to discover and develop their individual talents and potential, while confirming values and living in faith.
To learn more about St. Anthony’s schools, visit the school’s website at stanthony.com.