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Regional WYSE Academic Challenge at WIU February 15

February 7, 2007

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MACOMB, IL - - Students from seven area high schools will participate in the WYSE Academic Challenge regional competition Thursday, Feb. 15 on the campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb.

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 (IL).

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 pre-engineering/pre-architecture advising committee sponsors the competition at Western Illinois University which will be held in Currens Hall 203.

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 the sectional competition March 19 at Knox College. The state finals are scheduled for April 16-19, depending on the competition division, at UIUC.

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