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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, Jan. 31, at its Sugar Grove Campus. More than 175 students from 13 area high schools competed in seven subject areas.

Trophies were awarded to the top two teams in each division, with divisions based on enrollment. Division 300 had two teams competing with Hinckley-Big Rock beating Leland High School. Aurora Christian High School was the only competitor in Division 700, while Rosary High School bested second-place finisher Kaneland High School in Division 1500. Geneva High School won the Unlimited Division, with Oswego High School earning second place.

In the subject area of biology, individual winners included Brittany Herrmann, Hinckley-Big Rock; Zach Zakaras, Aurora Christian; Mike Seibert, Aurora Central Catholic High School; and Madeline Hazel, Geneva.

Earning top scores in chemistry were Erik Dunteman, Hinckley-Big Rock; Aaron Wear, Aurora Christian; Colleen Madlinger, Rosary; and Colin Lillibridge and Chris Warren, Geneva.

Erik Lasswell and Michael Long, Hinckley-Big Rock; Courtney Cox, Rosary; and Josh Kilmer, of Geneva, all won their respective divisions in the computer science category.

Engineering graphics honors went to Cody Ekle, Hinckley-Big Rock; Nathan Johnson, Aurora Central; James Brink, West Aurora; and Kyle Kallhauge, Geneva.

In the category of English, it was Kaitlin Phillips, Hinckley-Big Rock; Teresa Murray, Aurora Christian; Kayley McPhee, Kaneland; and James Bartusek, Geneva, taking home first place honors.

Top scorers in mathematics included Samuel Kimpan, Hinckley-Big Rock; Evonne Huang, Aurora Christian; Mitch Heaton, Marmion Academy; Emmy Popovich, Rosary; and Colin Lillibridge and Chris Warren, Geneva.

And winning their divisions in the physics category were Michael Long, Hinckley-Big Rock; Evonne Huang, Aurora Christian; Ethan Witt, Kaneland; and Casey Gravelle, Batavia.