INA – Benton Community High School students took top honors in all seven subjects to sweep their division at the 2008 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Regional competition Feb. 7 at Rend Lake College. Christopher and Mt. Vernon students also won their divisions.
Students representing 11 area high schools converged on the RLC campus to test their proficiency in seven subjects – Biology, Chemistry, Computer Fundamentals, Engineering Graphics, English, Math and Physics.
The competition was divided by school population. Christopher High School, Wayne City High School, Zeigler-Royalton High School, Sesser-Valier High School, Waltonville High School, Woodlawn Community High School and Webber Township High School made up Division 300 – the largest division in terms of number of schools.
Division 700 consisted of Benton Consolidated High School, Pinckneyville Community High School and Hamilton County Senior High School. The lone Division 1,500 school was Mt. Vernon Township High School.
Overall, MVTHS and BCHS tied with scores of 500 – the highest attainable team score – and were followed by Christopher High School (490) and Wayne City High (468). The top three Division 300 schools were Christopher, Wayne City and Woodlawn (407). Benton finished on top of Pinckneyville (406) and Hamilton County Senior High School (335) in Division 700.
Additionally, Benton students took five of the seven top individual spots. They are Bryan Carter (Biology), Nick Culbreth (Engineering), Ashley Campbell (English) and Preston Nelson (Math and Physics) Christopher students Eric Biggs (Computer Science) and Andrea Sterling (Chemistry) rounded off the individual overall winners.
The average of top scores in all seven subjects improved by two points at 34 this year, compared to the average high score of 32 last year.
Only individual first- and second-place finishers in each division, including ties, will advance to the Sectional competition hosted by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in March. The Illinois State Finals will be held in April at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The WYSE competition consists of an Academic Challenge created by teams of college and university faculty in the seven subjects. Each student took a 40-minute test in each subjects. The tests varied in length from subject to subject. For example, computer science may have been a 30-question test while English may have consisted of 100 questions.
These competitive series of tests are offered by more than 50 community colleges and universities in Illinois and Missouri, according to the WYSE Web site. Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. With each level of competition – Regional, Sectional and State Finals – the tests increase in difficulty.
Results from the 2008 WYSE Competition at Rend Lake College ...
1. Christopher 490
2. Wayne City 468
3. Woodlawn 407
4. Webber 397
5. Zeigler-Royalton 372
6. Sesser-Valier 350
7. Waltonville 341
Biology: 1. Josh Bullock (ZRHS) 40; 2. Joshua Wiggs (Woodlawn) 37; 3. Gage Green (Wayne City) 33
Chemistry: 1. Andrea Sterling (CHS) 30; 2. Zapata Caldwell (Wayne City) 28; 3. Kara Stark (CHS) 26.
Computer Science: 1. Eric Biggs (CHS) 13; 2. Valerie Stewart (CHS) 11; 3. Aaron Jones (ZRHS) 10.
Engineering Graphics: 1. Caleb Robinson (WCHS) 31; 2. Cody Richardson (WTHS) 27; Alex Boldt (Woodlawn) 22.
English: 1. Erin Kerley (CHS) 68; 2. Kristen Miller (Wayne City) 63; T-3. Emily Marlow (WTHS), Adam Moyers (CHS) 62.
Math: 1. Kasey Kerchner (CHS) 16; 2. Chris Harrison (CHS) 15; T-3. Zapata Caldwell (Wayne City), Emma Talbert (Wayne City) 14.
Physics: T-1. Shane Austin (WTHS), Ethan Garner (Wayne City) 10; 2. Bronson Verhines (Woodlawn) 9; 3. TJ Ratajczyk (SVHS) 8.
1. Benton 500
2. Pinckneyville 406
3. Hamilton County 335
Biology: 1. Bryan Carter (BCHS) 45; 2. Ethan Roberts (BCHS) 42; 3. David Tennyson (HCSHS) 33.
Chemistry: T-1. Bryan Carter (BCHS), Zach Reeder (BCHS) 29; 2. Shelby Moore (BCHS) 24; T-3. Challis Flannigan (HCSHS), Miles Priebe (PCHS) 16.
Computer Science: 1. Justin Vaughn (BCHS) 11; 2. Jordan Kellerman (PCHS) 10; 3. Ethan Roberts (BCHS) 9.
Engineering Graphics: 1. Nick Culbreth (BCHS) 32; 2. Justin Vaughn (BCHS) 31; T-3. Ashley Campbell (BCHS), Zach Reeder (BCHS) 29.
English: 1. Ashley Campbell (BCHS) 81; 2. Kayla Millikan (PCHS) 63; 3. Phil Baughman (BCHS) 54.
Math: 1. Preston Nelson (BCHS) 18; 2. Kody Blackwell (PCHS) 17; T-3. Kayla Millikan (PCHS), David Tennyson (HCSHS) 14.
Physics: 1. Preston Nelson (BCHS) 18; 2. Caleb Plumlee (PCHS) 13; 3. Michael Kelly (PCHS) 10.
(Mt. Vernon Township High School students only)
Biology: 1. Jared Frisby 32; T-2. Mallory Adams, Priya Patel 31; 3. Tim Benoist 30.
Chemistry: 1. Andrei Froehling 15; 2. Mittal Patel 12; T-3. Priya Patel, Angel Song 11.
Science: 1. Alexander Taaka 12; T-2. Jared Frisby, Darwin Walters 11; 3. Angel Song 8.
Engineering Graphics: 1. T-1. Cody Allen, David Price 17; 2. James Mulvaney 15.
English: T-1. Tim Benoist, Alexander Taaka 66; 2. Mallory Adams 65; 3. Amanda Pike 51.
Math: T-1. Andrei Froehling, Dennis Sinks 13; T-2. Mittal Patel, Darwin Walters 10; T-3. Chris Burge, Karissa Johnson 9.
Physics: 1. Lauren Welker 7; 2. Dennis Sinks 6; 3. Karissa Johnson 5.