M-R, Valley Win Sandburg WYSE Academic Challenge Regional

Feb. 11, 2013
GALESBURG—Nearly 170 students from 12 area high schools tested their knowledge in a variety of subjects in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge regional competition Thursday at Carl Sandburg College’s Main Campus in Galesburg.


Students from AlWood, Bushnell-Prairie City, East Moline United Township, Galesburg, Farmington, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, Rockridge, ROWVA, Sherrard, Spoon River Valley and United high schools took part in Sandburg’s largest Academic Challenge ever and were tested in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.


The top three overall finishers in each category received awards, and the top two in each division from each category advanced to compete in the WYSE sectional competition March 18 at Knox College. AlWood, Bushnell-Prairie City, ROWVA, Spoon River Valley and United competed in Division 300. Farmington, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, Rockridge and Sherrard competed in Division 700. Galesburg competed in Division 1,500, and United Township was in the unlimited division.


Matt Welch of AlWood was named the individual champion. Welch won the mathematics category for the third straight year and finished third in physics. Spoon River Valley took first place in Division 300, followed by AlWood and ROWVA. Monmouth-Roseville was first in Division 700, with Farmington coming in second and Knoxville in third. Monmouth-Roseville won the combined title for Divisions 300 and 700 for the second straight year.


Each team received a talent scholarship — a full-tuition scholarship for a full-time student at Sandburg — for the 2013-2014 academic year. Teams also were awarded a talent scholarship for having an overall winner in math, chemistry and English.


The WYSE Academic Challenge is offered by more than 50 community colleges and universities in Illinois and Missouri. Material for the multiple-choice tests is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula.


The top three overall finishers in each subject were:


1. Michelle Williams (Galesburg)
2. Collin McQuilken (Spoon River Valley)
3. Caitlen Bishop (United)
Honorable mention — Karisa Fowler (Monmouth-Roseville), Oscar Castro (United Township) and Evan Kelly (Galesburg)


1. Abraham Salvador (United Township)
2. Nik Breslin (Galesburg)
3. Brett Austin (United Township)
Honorable mention — Christopher Black (United Township) and Joey Krug (Knoxville)


1. Isaac Perrilles (Spoon River Valley)
2. Dakota Ward (Spoon River Valley)
3. Seth Creek (Bushnell-Prairie City)


1. Cody Cutkomp (United Township)
2. Devin Clark (Monmouth-Roseville)
3. Spenser Seifert (Monmouth-Roseville)
Honorable mention — Blake Rinehart (AlWood)


1. Connor Fili (Spoon River Valley)
2. Caroline Vellenga-Buban (Monmouth-Roseville)
3. Heather Ide (Monmouth-Roseville)


1. Matt Welch (AlWood)
2. Delaney Hunter (Monmouth-Roseville)
3. Connor Fili (Spoon River Valley)


1. Josh Ruchotzke (Farmington)
2. Keith King (ROWVA)
3. Matt Welch (AlWood)




Matt Welch, left, of AlWood High School receives the individual champion plaque from Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees member Gayla Pacheco after winning the WYSE Academic Challenge regional competition Thursday at Sandburg’s Main Campus in Galesburg.


Members of the Monmouth-Roseville High School WYSE Academic Challenge team pose with their first-place trophies after winning the regional competition Thursday at the Carl Sandburg College’s Main Campus in Galesburg. Monmouth-Roseville took first place in Division 700 and the overall title for Divisions 300 and 700.