The team won the regional competition on February 3rd at Lincoln
Land Community College and earned a second place finish at the
Sectional competition held at Illinois College in Jacksonville on
According to Denise Farnam, the WYSE sponsor for the last 11 years,
the top two teams at each event move on to the next level. "There
were eight other schools at the regional level and six schools at
the sectional level in our division," said Farnam.
Noting that individuals from Mount Pulaski have advanced to the
state competition in the past, Farnam mentioned that not often the
entire team advances, as in this case. "We advanced two other times
since I have been the sponsor and the previous sponsor, Mrs. McClure
has taken teams as well."
Individually on Tuesday, Blake Collier placed a 1st in Physics and a
3rd in Math, while Julia Beccue placed 1st in Math. At the sectional
competition, Farnam noted that the students take two 40 minute
multiple choice tests. "The tests are individual and there are 7
categories: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Computer
Science and Engineering Graphics.
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Each student is assigned to take two tests," she said. Farnam
assigns the tests to the students after she gets recommendations
from the other teachers at Mount Pulaski High School.
The 2015 WYSE team consists of 14 outstanding students who will
represent Mount Pulaski High School at the competition held at U
of I on April 16.
Congratulations and good luck to these students!