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Waubonsee Hosts High School Academic Challenge Competition

Waubonsee Community College hosted the annual Illinois Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge Competition on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at its Sugar Grove Campus. More than 160 students from 12 area high schools competed in seven subject areas.

The top two teams in each division will move on to sectionals, with divisions based on enrollment. Division 300 had just two teams competing with Hinckley-Big Rock beating Leland High School. Aurora Central Catholic High School won first place honors in Division 700, with Rosary High School finishing second. Division 1500’s top team was Kaneland High School, followed by Sandwich High School. Batavia High School won the Unlimited Division, with Geneva High School coming in second place.

In the subject area of biology, individual winners included Morgan Conley, Hinckley-Big Rock; Paige Gruenke, Aurora Central; Josias Rodriguez, Kaneland; and Grant Fairchild, Geneva.

Earning top scores in chemistry were Hannah Morsch, Hinckley-Big Rock; Devon Bavery, Rosary; Sam Hill, Sandwich; and Joey Reckamp, Batavia.

Matt Bravo, Aurora Central; and Micah Hahn, Yorkville, each won their respective divisions in the computer science category.

Engineering graphics honors went to Darren Riskedal, Leland; Matt Bravo, Nathan Johnson and Chris Mowka, Aurora Central; Nathaniel Snyder and Ryan Straughn, Kaneland; and Ryan Ahern, Geneva.

In the category of English, it was Morgan Conley, Hinckley-Big Rock; Kelly Vonderhaar, Aurora Central; Kaylee McPhee, Kaneland; and Collin Waldoch, Geneva, taking home first place honors.

Top scorers in mathematics included Mitch McNanna, Hinckley-Big Rock; Evonne Huang, Aurora Christian; Katie King, Rosary; Adam Detoni, Sandwich; Keara Palpant, Kaneland; and Chris Warren, Geneva.

And winning their divisions in the physics category were Mitch McNanna, Hinckley-Big Rock; James Canning, Aurora Central; Drew Baxter and Sam Hill, Sandwich; and Michael Currie, West Aurora.