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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Gallatin WYSE Team to compete at state

  • The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. The tests are now offered by more than 50 community colleges and universities and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.
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  • The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. The tests are now offered by more than 50 community colleges and universities and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.
    Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. Written by teams of college and university faculty, subjects include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. Each test production team produces three tests of increasing levels of difficulty, regional, sectional and state finals. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team; they have 40 minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from 30 questions (computer science) to 100 questions (English).
    On Feb. 7, the Gallatin County WYSE Team received a perfect score (500) at the regional competition held at Southeastern Illinois College, the first perfect score for the school since the JETS testing event became WYSE in 1997.
    Gallatin outscored the second place team, NCOE, by 34.2 points. Other competing schools were Hardin County, Pope County, Galatia and Carrier Mills.
    Individually, Gallatin received first place medals from five of the seven categories, claiming 11 total. Also worth noting is that Gallatin claimed all three places in the Biology category of the competition.
    Individual winners from the competition were Marcus Wargel first in Biology and first in Math, Katie Lawler second in Biology, Candace Lindsay third in Biology and first in English, Kaleb Burklow first in Chemistry, Kelsey Bartok third in Chemistry, Zackery Belford first in Engineering Graphics and second in Math, Dustin Oldham second in Engineering Graphics, and Kara Braun second in English. Katie Lawler also received the Southeastern Illinois College WYSE scholarship for being the top competing senior that will attend SIC in the fall of 2013.
    Then on March 12, the team competed in the sectional competition held at Southern Illinois University. The team received second place, only 0.15 points behind first place Christopher. Gallatin took their share of medals again, of the five, three were first place. Gallatin again claimed all the biology medals. Individual medal winners were: Candace Lindsay first in Biology, Marcus Wargel second in Biology, Katie Lawler third in Biology, Zackery Belford first in Engineering Graphics, and Kaleb Burklow first in Chemistry.
    Gallatin will join Christopher and third place Trico at the state final competition held at the University of Illinois on April 11. This year, Gallatin is working hard to claim a trophy for the first time at the state level.
    “There have been other teams get really close but we feel like this is the year to get one, we practice after school, sometimes on the weekends, we really want it,” says senior Kelci Williams.
    WYSE is an honored tradition at the school. Gallatin County has competed at the state level 12 years since WYSE started, 11 of those years were consecutive. The past four years, Gallatin has received first place at the SIC regional event.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gallatin's success can no doubt be attributed to the programs and courses offered at Gallatin County School.
    Senior Chelsea Van said, “When I sat down to take my test, a lot of the other kids from other schools hadn't heard of computer aided drafting, we really had an advantage. I have Mr. Abell to thank for that.”

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