Johnny Bryan Summer Adams
Catie Daymon, Summer Adams, and Johnny Bryan are three Hardin County High School students who competed in the Academic Challenge Sectional that was held at SIU Carbondale on March 11. Summer Adams who medaled 2nd in English, and Johnny Bryan who medaled 1st in Computers, advanced that day to compete at State. The two were supposed to compete this week in the State competition at Eastern Illinois University, but the testing date is pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hardin County Academic Challenge team members for 2019-2020 are: Adriana Armstrong, Jesikka Ratliff, Ben Vaughn, Lucas Smith, Emma Mott, Johnny Bryan, Nevon Hayes, Iris Davis, Mayson McDowell, Allison Carr, Jadrian Wright, Catie Daymon, Summer Adams, Lily Conn, Kyleigh Bebout, Melissa Winters, and Lane Williams. Jolene Fowler sponsors the team.
About 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 and was once known as the WYSE Outreach Program for about 40 years. Although the operation of the competition has been discontinued by U of I, Eastern Illinois University has taken on the program and renamed it Academic Challenge. The school runs 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.