St. Anthony WYSE Team Competes at State

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Published on April 8 2014 1:57 pm
Last Updated on April 8 2014 1:57 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The St. Anthony High School WYSE Team competed Monday at the State Meet at the University of Illinois.

While the team didn't place, there were good finishes.  

Scott Rentfrow took first place in Math.  Alex Curl got a second place finish in Math.  Other Top Five finishes included a fourth place by Maggie Mumm in Biology, and a fifth place tie for Frank Jansen and Lauren Schmidt in Math.

Other members of the WYSE Team are Laura Deters, John Goeckner, Benton Hakman, Madeline McDevitt, Megan Nuxoll, Kate Richards, John Sandschafer, Emily Wortman and Sarah Wortman.

Joy Jones and Matthew Poston coach the St. Anthony WYSE Team.

WYSE is an acronym for Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering.  The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering 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 (when their school fields a team); they have 40 minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from 30 questions (Computer Science) to 100 questions (English).