In March, the Hardin County Academic Challenge team won 2nd place in the Sectional competition where 8 individual medals were also claimed. This achievement gave advancement for their participation at the State level. The Hardin County High School Academic Challenge team, along with many other Illinois schools, competed on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Monday, April 22, 2019, to take a series of exams as part of the State Academic Challenge. Hardin County didn’t place as a whole, however three Hardin County students medaled! Jessica Armstrong won 2nd place in Physics; Lydia Seiner took 2nd place in English; and Jett Spivey won 4th place in Biology.
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.
Hardin County Academic Challenge team members who competed at the State level were, front row, left to right: Melissa Winters, Lane Williams, Kathleen Robinson, Adriana Armstrong, Allison Carr, Lydia Seiner, Jessica Armstrong, Lea Parkinson, Catie Daymon, Jaidrian Wright, Mayson McDowell. Back row: Jaron Austin, Brandon Fricker, Gabe Fowler, Jett Spivey, and Johnny Bryan. Not pictured: Jolene Fowler, sponsor. — Jennifer Lane photos.