A team of 14 students from Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School will be heading to sectional competition in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge after placing second in their division at regional competition held Feb. 2 at Kaskaskia College. Five students were individual ribbon winners in the event.
Two Christ Our Rock students – Ethan Boester and Ethan Brammeier, tied for first place in math while three other students also earned ribbons for second or third place. These other winners includes Sam Bennett, second place in English; Anna Krenz, second place in physics; and Rion Hill, third place in English.
Overall, CORLHS placed second in their division in the 300 or under enrollment class. The entire Christ Our Rock WYSE team will advance to sectional competition to be held in March at McKendree University in Lebanon.
The Academic Challenge is a series of competitive multiple-choice tests in seven subjects, designed to motivate talented high school students to higher achievement in science and math. Students are tested as teams and individually in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics. Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula and written by college and university faculty. Exams of increasing levels of difficulty are given at the regional, sectional and state finals.
This is the ninth year CORLHS has participated in the WYSE challenge, and the sixth time they have advanced to sectional competition at McKendree. In 2011, the CORLHS team placed second at sectionals and advanced to state competition at Champaign-Urbana. Additionally, five individual students have advanced to state in other years, with one student placing fifth in engineering graphics in 2009.