Hamilton HS Wins 3rd Straight WYSE Academic Challenge Regional Hosted by Sandburg

Feb. 7, 2012
CARTHAGE—Eighty students from area high schools tested their knowledge in a variety of subjects in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge regional competition Tuesday at Carl Sandburg College’s Branch Campus in Carthage.

Students from Hamilton, Illini West, Warsaw, West Central and West Prairie high schools were tested in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. The top three finishers in each category received awards, and the top two from each category advanced to compete in the WYSE sectional competition March 18 at Knox College.

Jared Wiemann of Hamilton was crowned the individual champion for the second consecutive year. Hamilton won the team championship for the third straight year and has finished first or second in nine of the last 10 years. Illini West placed second and West Central finished third.

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.

The top three finishers in each subject were as follows:


1. Jared Wiemann (Hamilton)
2. Alex Ourth (Illini West)
3. Sydney Bigger (West Central)

1. Jared Wiemann (Hamilton)
2. Carley Folluo (Hamilton)
3. Tara Vasquez (Illini West)

1. Vanessa Literski (Warsaw)
2. Delaney Allen (Warsaw)
3. Peter Sowlles (Hamilton)

1. Devin Neuweg (Illini West)
2. Alec McCarty (Illini West)
3. Christy Tillman (Hamilton)

1. Caitlyn Nuson (Hamilton)
2. Haley Willits (West Central)
3. Mackenzie Olson (West Central)

1. Evan Bell (West Central)
2. Arich Bosshart (Hamilton)
3. Devin Neuweg (Illini West)
Honorable mention — Madison Schuster (Illini West)

1. Madison Schuster (Illini West)
2. Parker Gibbs (Hamilton)
3. Emily Hopping (West Central)


Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees member Mike Bavery, right, congratulates Hamilton High School’s Jared Wiemann after Wiemann was named the individual champion of the WYSE Academic Challenge regional competition Tuesday at Sandburg’s Branch Campus in Carthage. It’s the second straight year Wiemann has been named individual champion.


Members of the Hamilton High School WYSE Academic Challenge team pose with their first-place trophy after winning the regional competition Tuesday at the Carl Sandburg College Branch Campus in Carthage. It’s the third straight year Hamilton has won the competition.