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More than 120 students from five regional high schools visited WIU Feb. 8 for the WYSE Regional Academic Challenge. Brown County High School and Macomb High School won first place in their respective divisions.
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WIU Hosts Regional WYSE Event for Regional High School Students

February 13, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences hosted more than 120 regional high school students for the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Regional Academic Challenge on the Macomb campus Feb. 8.

Students participating in this year's event came from Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, IL; Brown County High School in Mt. Sterling, IL; Macomb High School; Meredosia-Chambersburg High School in Meredosia, IL and VIT High School in Table Grove, IL.

During the event, the high school students took tests in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. Each school was allowed to send a varsity team of 14 students and an unlimited number of students for a junior varsity team. Teams were divided into categories by size.

Individual medals were given to the top three scores in each subject category and team trophies were awarded based on the total points scored by the varsity teams.

Students scoring the highest points in each subject were also awarded gift certificates to the University Union Bookstore.

This year's team trophies were awarded to:

Division 300
1. Brown County High School
2. V.I.T. High School
3. Meredosia-Chambersburg High School

Division 500
1. Macomb High School
2. Alleman Catholic High School

All of the events were coordinated by WIU Associate Professor of Physics P.K. Babu, who is a regional coordinator for WYSE. WIU faculty who participated in organizing the events included Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian Bellott; Associate Professor of Physics Saisudha Mallur; Associate Professor of Physics Esteban Araya; Mathematics Professor Fedor Andreev and Physics Lab Coordinator Aparna Kapale. Several WIU students also volunteered to proctor the exams.

The regional WYSE event was sponsored by the WIU Office of Admissions.

For more information about the regional WYSE program, contact Babu at

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