The same three teams which have won their divisions in recent years did it again for at least the third year in a row, but otherwise the individual wealth was fairly evenly divided in the 2005 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge District competition held February 3 on the Rend Lake College campus.
While Christopher, Benton and Mt. Vernon were repeating team titles, eight individuals representing five schools walked off with overall championships in seven different testing categories. No area high school had more than two overall winners, who also receive offers to attend Rend Lake College tuition-free.
Christopher High School claimed small-school honors in Division 300 in impressive fashion over runner-up Zeigler-Royalton High School, third-place Webber Township High School and two other teams. Benton Consolidated High School edged Hamilton County Senior High School, 432.4-422.7 in Division 700, while Mt. Vernon Township High School was once again without competition in the large-school classification, Division 1500.
District winners and runners-up in each testing category advance to the Regional level of competition, to be staged between March 2-23 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. State finals are held in each on the University of Illinois campus at Urbana-Champaign.
Mt. Vernon’s Kevin Chang won overall honors – the top score in all three divisions – in Chemistry and was first in Division 1500 Mathematics as well. A year ago he was the winner in yet another category, Biology.
Benton’s team championship was spearheaded by Tim Seddon, first overall in Engineering Graphics, while Christopher’s Division 300 winners were led by a pair of overall champs, Felicia Hargis in Biology and Adam Sims in Math. For Hargis, it was a repeat of Division 300 Biology honors she earned last year.
Zeigler-Royalton and Division 700 entry Pinckneyville Community High School each boasted two overall winners. Jeong-Wook Lee of PCHS was No. 1 in Computer Fundamentals, as was teammate Jonathon Kellerman in Physics. Z-R teammates Emily Fisher and Kim Rentfro shared top honors in English after posting identical scores.
Sesser-Valier representative Randy Loeschner followed last year’s Division 300 triumph in Chemistry by winning in Physics this time. Other Division 300 winners, in addition to overall winners Hargis, Fisher and Rentfro, were Danara Lowery (Webber Township) and Bryce McKenzie (Webber Township) in Chemistry; Todd Twitty (Christopher) in Computer Fundamentals; Caleb Crocker (Waltonville) in Engineering Graphics), and Adam Sims (Christopher) in Math.
Competition was especially strong in Division 700, where five of last year’s first-place winners returned, including three overall champions from Benton.
David Auxier of BCHS won in both Chemistry and Math (tied), but he was not able to repeat his overall title in the former category. Preston Prior shared top billing with BCHS teammate Emily Chaplain in Biology, but Prior’s score was not good enough to repeat overall honors. Benton’s Nick Freed, last year’s overall winner in Engineering Graphics, settled for second this time behind Seddon.
Other Division 700 winners were Stacie McDaniel (Pinckneyville) in English and Caleb Adkisson (Hamilton County) in Math (tied). Adkisson was the Computer Fundamentals winner a year ago.
Chang was joined by another MVTHS double-winner in Division 1500, Jason Skidmore. Skidmore won Engineering Graphics and Physics. Isaac Hester in Biology, Sarah Connoway in Computer Fundamentals and Sydney Nulsen in English were other first-place finishers for Mt. Vernon.
Approximately 200 students took part, according to Barb Davenport, Math, Science and Education Division Chair for host Rend Lake College.
W.Y.S.E. OVERALL DISTRICT WINNERS
BIOLOGY – 1. Felicia Hargis (CHS), 48.
CHEMISTRY – 1. Kevin Chang (MVTHS), 24.
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS – 1. Jeong-Wook Lee (PCHS), 21.
ENGINEERING GRAPHICS – 1. Tim Seddon (BCHS), 42.
ENGLISH – 1. (tie) Emily Fisher (ZRHS) and Kim Rentfro (ZRHS), 87.
MATH – 1. Adam Sims (CHS), 25.
PHYSICS – 1. Jonathon Kellerman (PCHS), 17.
Participating Teams – 1. Christopher, 463.5; 2. Zeigler-Royalton, 377.4. 3. Webber Township, 371.0.
Also, Sesser-Valier and Waltonville.
BIOLOGY – 1. Felicia Hargis (CHS), 48; 2. (tie) Adam Sims (CHS) and Cameron Beardsley (ZRHS), 40; 3. Paul Gibson (ZRHS), 38.
CHEMISTRY – 1. (tie) Danara Lowery (WTHS) and Bryce McKenzie (WTHS), 16; 2. (tie) Crissy Curb (ZRHS), Cassie Miller (SVHS), Brittney Boner (CHS) and Jered Montgomery (CHS), 13; 3. Jessica Rolla (CHS), 12.
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS – 1. Todd Twitty (CHS), 12; 2. (tie) Kim Rentfro (ZRHS) and Jason Rice (CHS), 10; 3. (tie) Anthony Lowery (WHS) and Kelsei Nowland (WHS), 9.
ENGINEERING GRAPHICS – 1. Caleb Crocker (WHS), 19; 2. (tie) Cody Richardson (WTHS) and Christina Garofolo (WHS), 18; 3. Tyler Dejournett (WTHS), 16.
ENGLISH – 1. (tie) Emily Fisher (ZRHS) and Kim Rentfro (ZRHS), 87; 2. Paul Gibson (ZRHS), 83; 3. Brad Restivo (ZRHS), 82.
MATH – 1. Adam Sims (CHS), 25; 2. (tie) Beth Trusty (ZRHS) and Katie Furlow (CHS), 14; 3. (tie) Cameron Beardsley (ZRHS), Emily Burkhamer (ZRHS), Katy Beth Risley (ZRHS), Matt Niblett (CHS), Mackenzie Teel (CHS) and Jered Montgomery (CHS).
PHYSICS – 1. Randy Loeschner (SVHS), 11; 2. Mindy Brown (SVHS), 10; 3. Jason Rice (CHS), 9.
Participating Teams – 1. Benton Consolidated H.S., 432.4; 2. Hamilton County Sr. H.S., 422.7; 3. Pinckneyville Community H.S.
BIOLOGY – 1. (tie) Emily Chaplain (BCHS) and Preston Prior (BCHS), 32; 2. Mike Bradford (BCHS), 28; 3. Bobby Rushing (PCHS), 27.
CHEMISTRY – 1. David Auxier (BCHS), 21; 2. Zach Miksanek (BCHS), 17; 3. Preston Prior (BCHS), 16.
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS – 1. Jeong-Wook Lee (PCHS), 21; 2. Nick Schlag (HCHS), 19; 3. Caleb Adkisson (HCHS), 15.
ENGINEERING GRAPHICS – 1. Tim Seddon (BCHS), 42; 2. Nick Freed (BCHS), 39; 3. Molly Baine (BCHS), 29.
ENGLISH – 1. Stacie McDaniel (PCHS), 83; 2. Crystal White (HCHS), 80; 3. Nick Freed (BCHS), 77.
MATH – 1. (tie) David Auxier (BCHS) and Caleb Adkisson (HCHS), 17; 2. (tie) Zach Miksanek (BCHS), Danielle Moore (BCHS) and April McCormick (HCHS), 16; 3. Molly Baine (BCHS), 15.
PHYSICS – 1. Jonathon Kellerman (PCHS), 17; 2. Tim Milligan (BCHS), 13; 3. (tie) Ryan Hart (BCHS) and Kyle Halfacre (PCHS), 11.
Participating Team – 1. Mt. Vernon Township H.S., 500.0.
(All winners in this division represent MVTHS)
BIOLOGY – 1. Isaac Hester, 37; 2. Colin Stomberski, 34; 3. Sydney Nulsen, 32.
CHEMISTRY – 1. Kevin Chang, 24; 2. Colin Stomberski, 19; 3. Joshua Winchester, 11.
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS – 1. Sarah Connoway, 9; 2. Brian Richards, 7.
ENGINEERING GRAPHICS – 1. Jason Skidmore, 40; 2. Brian Richards, 14.
ENGLISH – 1. Sydney Nulsen, 78; 2. Chelsea Donohoe, 72; 3. Abby Morgan, 71.
MATH – 1. Kevin Chang, 21; 2. Briana Southers, 18; 3. Sonny Song, 9.
PHYSICS – 1. Jason Skidmore, 9; 2. Briana Southers, 8.