Whiz kids compete for place in WYSE finals
Dozens of Illinois’ best and brightest high school students turned out Feb. 2 to show their moxie in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) contest.
Hosted by two Southern Illinois College faculty members -- Math and Science Chair Jason Fitzgerald and anatomy instructor and regional WYSE Director Dr. Mila Maring-Sims -- the competition saw some 150 students take tests in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics.
“The WYSE competition is always such a great event for not only our local high schools, but for SIC as well,” Fitzgerald said in a press release. “We are starting to see more and more teams whose coaches take the time to prepare their students for the day, and it has produced some wonderful, friendly competition among the teams. To see the excitement on the participants’ faces when they see their hard work pay off is truly heartwarming.”
Team and individual winners of this round progress to a competition this month at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with those winners being elevated to the state finals this April in Champaign.