Shawnee hosts WYSE academic event

<p class="p1">Students from Union County high schools received honors at an annual Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, WYSE, Academic Challenge hosted Feb. 2 by Shawnee Community College near Ullin.</p><p class="p1"> All 12 of the area high schools in the Shawnee Community College district  had students who competed in the academic challenge. </p><p class="p1">Participating high schools are separated into two divisions based on their enrollment: </p><p class="p1">Division 300 included Century Unit District No. 100, Goreville Community Unit No. 1, Joppa High School, Dongola Unit District No. 66, Cobden High School, Cairo High School, Shawnee High School at Wolf Lake, Meridian Unit High School at Mounds and Egyptian High School at Tamms.</p><p class="p1">Division 700 included Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, Vienna High School and Massac County High School.</p><p class="p1">Students from the high schools each take two tests in the subject areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics. </p><p class="p1">The school teams that placed first or second in both Division 300 and Division 700 will advance to the WYSE sectional competition, which is scheduled March 16 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.</p><p class="p1">Also, individuals who received a first or second place medallion can advance to the WYSE sectionals, regardless if their team placed in the top two for their division.</p><p class="p1">Results tallied by Union County schools at the WYSE Academic Challenge follow, as provided by Shawnee Community College:</p><p class="p1">Cobden High School students placed fifth with a total of 384.2 points in the Division 300 schools. </p><p class="p1">Cobden's Jenna VanZandt earned first place in English and third place in math.</p><p class="p1">Dongola District 66 students placed sixth with a total of 366.4 points in the Division 300 schools. </p><p class="p1">Dongola's Logan Wiseman earned second place in chemistry.</p><p class="p1">Shawnee High School students placed seventh with a total of 343.2 points in the Division 300 schools. </p><p class="p1">Shawnee's Stefano Craviotto earned first place in physics.</p><p class="p1">Shawnee's Brady Reynolds earned third place in engineering graphics.</p><p class="p1">Anna-Jonesboro Community High School students placed third with a total of 400.8 points in the Division 700 schools. </p><p class="p1">Individual students from A-J who won medallions included:</p><p class="p1">Jake Stark, second place in biology.</p><p class="p1">Samantha Williams, second place in chemistry.</p><p class="p1">Reagan Morrison, third place in chemistry.</p><p class="p1">Megan Dammerman, third place in physics.</p>

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