IC Catholic Prep Students Compete in the WYSE Academic Challenge Regional
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, ICCP competed in the Academic Challenge created and sponsored by the World Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) program. In the competition, held at Fenwick High School, our 14-member ICCP team finished third in the 700 Division, just short of qualifying as a team for the Sectional competition in March (only the top two teams advance). As a result of our increased enrollment, the team moved up from the 300 division where they competed in 2016.
In addition to the 14-member team, ICCP had five “At Large” entries. These students competed as individuals, however, their scores were not included in the overall team score. They are eligible to advance to the next round of competition if their individual scores achieve the identified score for advancement. ICCP also sent five Junior Varsity participants, with the sole purpose of exposing these sophomore students to the WYSE competition. They are not eligible to advance regardless of their individual score.
The goal of the WYSE Academic Challenge is to introduce high school students to the course content and the level of competition that they will experience upon entering a science or engineering program at the college or university level. Consequently, the test content is designed to challenge the brightest students. The Academic Challenge includes a battery of tests created by the WYSE program and offered to high school students. Subjects tested are biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.
Tests are written by teams of faculty members at colleges and universities in Illinois, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, and Michigan. Each team creates sets of tests that increase in level of difficulty in a progression from regional, to sectional, to state final competitions.
Individual scoring winners for ICCP included Josh De La Cruz (‘18) who earned a 1st place in Biology, Demitra Del Fiacco (‘17) who earned a 3rd place in Engineering Graphics, Alec Vasquez (‘18) who earned a 3rd place in Biology, and Mark Zhao (‘18) who earned a 2nd place in Chemistry and a 3rd place in Math. Both De La Cruz and Zhao will advance to the North Central College Sectional on March 16, 2017 to compete as individuals.
Remaining team members include Quinn Bigane (‘18), Jacob DeWitte (’18), Molly Fahey (’17), Kaitlyn Grady (‘17), Peter Jordan (‘18), Jimmy Kenneally (‘17), Deirdre Lee (‘17), Matt Sutton (‘17), Robert Vitek (‘17), Sabrina Vorne (‘17), and Molly Zhang (’18). The “At Large” participants included Victor Cadaoas (’18), Demitra Del Fiacco (’17), Liz Maloney (’17), Dan McCann (’18), and Tim McCann (’18). And finally, the Junior Varsity participants included Steven Gong (’19), Amber Lewis (’19), Suzy Maloney (’19), Natalie Murillo (’19), and Harry Zhang (’19).