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Regional Wyse Academic Challenge at WIU February 16

February 3, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Students from seven area high schools will participate in the WYSE Academic Challenge regional competition Thursday, Feb. 16 on the campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb. The competition is organized by Western’s pre-engineering/pre-architecture committee.

Area schools include Macomb (IL) High School; Brown County High School, Mt. Sterling, IL; Rushville/Industry (IL) High Schools; Rock Island High School and Alleman High School, Rock Island, IL; Lewistown (IL) High School; and Bluffs-
Meredosia-Chambersburg High School, Meredosia.

Macomb, Rushville/Industry and Rock Island Alleman will compete in the 700 or less enrollment division; Brown County, Lewistown and Bluffs-Meredosia-Chambersburg are in the 300 division; and Rock Island is in the unlimited division.

The Academic Challenge is sponsored statewide by Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE), headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. WIU's College of Arts and Sciences and the Western Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) co-host the competition at Western Illinois University.

The academic tournament is a competition for individuals and schools, with students demonstrating their abilities in two of the following areas: biology, chemistry, computer fundamentals, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. Top schools and individuals will advance to sectional competition March 9 at Knox College. The state finals are scheduled for April 3-6, based on competition division, at UIUC.

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