Feb. 14, 2014
GALESBURG—Nearly 180 students from 13 area high schools tested their knowledge in a variety of subjects in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge regional competition Thursday at Carl Sandburg College’s Main Campus in Galesburg.
Ashley Winters of Galesburg was crowned the individual champion after placing first in biology and second in chemistry. ROWVA took first place in Division 300 while Monmouth-Roseville was first in Division 700 and won the combined title for the third straight year.
Students from Abingdon-Avon, AlWood, Bushnell-Prairie City, East Moline United Township, Galesburg, Farmington, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, Rockridge, ROWVA, Sherrard, Spoon River Valley and United high schools took part in Sandburg’s largest Academic Challenge ever and were tested in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.
The top three overall finishers in each category received awards, and the top two in each division from each category advanced to compete in the WYSE sectional competition March 17 at Knox College. Abingdon-Avon, AlWood, Bushnell-Prairie City, ROWVA and Spoon River Valley competed in Division 300. Farmington, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, Rockridge, Sherrard and United competed in Division 700. Galesburg competed in Division 1,500, and United Township was in the unlimited division.
The WYSE Academic Challenge is offered by more than 50 community colleges and universities in Illinois and Missouri. Material for the multiple-choice tests is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula.
1. Ashley Winters (Galesburg)
2. Thomas Osborne (United Township)
3. Michael Williams (Galesburg)
1. Jake Bricker (Monmouth-Roseville)
2. Ashley Winters (Galesburg)
3. David Whittle (Galesburg)
1. Trace Decker (Galesburg)
2 (tie). Liam Buchanan (Knoxville) and Reagan Wells (Galesburg)
3. Josie Mitzelfelt (Farmington)
1. Alex Hubbard (United Township)
2. Maverick Solomon (United Township)
3. Dan DeVilder (United Township)
Honorable mention — Chance Klingler (Abingdon-Avon)
1. Karisa Fowler (Monmouth-Roseville)
2. Alec Earp (Galesburg)
3. Heather Ide (Monmouth-Roseville)
1. David Whittle (Galesburg)
2. Emma Willhardt (Monmouth-Roseville)
3. Katelyn Mack (Sherrard)
Honorable mention — Haley Davidson (United Township) and Knox Wong (Galesburg)
1. Michael Sedam (United)
2. Ryan Olson (United)
3. Trever Teel (Bushnell-Prairie City)
2. Spoon River Valley
COMBINED 300/700 TEAM CHAMPION