What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order to take home the regional Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) championship title.
The regional WYSE Academic Challenge was recently held at Lake Land College and 24 schools, registering 401 students came together to battle in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics
St. Anthony, Sullivan and Mattoon High Schools were victorious in their divisions and took home the regional championship titles.
Winners and point totals for the 300 division were St. Anthony High School (479.2), first; Cumberland High School (428.1), second; Neoga High School (423.6), third; and Casey-Westfield High School (406.6), fourth.
The winners and point totals for the 700 division were Sullivan High School (480.0), first; and Teutopolis High School (460.7), second.
The winners and point totals for the 1500 division were Mattoon High School (472.0), first; and Effingham High School (457.5), second.
The college awarded $1000 tuition waivers to individuals who excelled in their subject areas.
The recipients in the bio-science division were Maggie Mumm, St. Anthony High School and Robin Cummins, Casey-Westfield High School. The recipients of the chemistry division were Ryan Coffman, Paris Cooperative High School and Alex Curl, St. Anthony High School. The recipients in the computer science division were Shawn Cody, Sullivan High School and Mike Wells, Paris Cooperative High School. The recipients in the engineering graphics division were Cale Atkinson, Shelbyville High School and Charley Ault, Cumberland High School. Recipients in the English division were Brent Mauck, Sullivan High School and Maddie Gibson, Neoga High School. The recipients in the math division were Scott Rentfrow, St. Anthony High School and Cummins. The recipients in the physics division were Rentfrow and Brad Vahling, Teutopolis High School.
Students completed written examinations in seven different areas of study: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. Each student participated in two tests, and the highest scores by members of each team determined the composite team score.
“We had a very successful day thanks to all the students, coaches, and those who gave donations or helped with the event,” said Brent Todd, director of dual credit at Lake Land College.