The Hardin County High School WYSE team, along with other area schools’ teams met on the campus of Southeastern Illinois College, February 7, 2019, to take a series of regional exams as part of the Academic Challenge.
The Academic Challenge event is a high school competition that was created and conducted annually by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering WYSE Outreach Program for about 40 years. Although the operation of the competition has been discontinued by UIUC, Eastern Illinois University will be continuing to run the competition with the assistance of many other institutions throughout Illinois and Missouri. Exams administered during the three levels of Academic Challenge are designed to test students’ knowledge of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, and physics.
The Hardin County WYSE team had a successful day earning second place overall in the Regional competition. Gallatin County received first place and Norris City received third place.
The Hardin County WYSE team members for 2018-2019 are: Mayson McDowell, Adriana Armstrong, Jessicia Armstrong, Johnny Bryan, Broden Oxford, Gabe Fowler, Jaron Austin, Jett Spivey, Lydia Seiner, Kathleen Robinson, Lea Parkinson, Jadrian Wright, Catie Daymon, Allison Carr, Lane Williams, and Melissa Winters. Teacher Jolene Fowler continues to sponsor the WYSE Team after more than 15 years.
Four team members medaled individually as listed: Jett Spivey – 3rd in Biology and 2nd in Chemistry; Broden Oxford – 1st in English; Catie Daymon – 3rd in English; and Johnny Bryan – 2nd in Computers.
The individualized winners along with the whole team advanced to the Sectional competition that will take place Wednesday, March 13 , 2018 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.