Kaneland students shine in academic competition

By on March 7, 2014

SUGAR GROVE—Some of the brightest young minds in the Fox Valley area came to Waubonsee Community College on Feb. 4 to compete in the annual Illinois Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Competition.

More than 185 students from 13 public and private high schools vied for top honors in seven subject areas.

Top finishers in each division will move on to sectionals, which will take place in Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on March 6. The NIU Sectional also will include top finishers from similar regional competitions hosted by Elgin Community College, Highland Community College, Kishwaukee College and Rock Valley College.

The WYSE Academic Competition is organized by the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Kaneland High School topped Sandwich in the 1500 Division. Top finishers from Kaneland, by division, were Muhammad Rehman and Mary Piazza (biology), Mary Piazza and Jason Carlquist (chemistry), Axel Larsen (computer science), Mara Hernandez (English), and Ethan Witt and Ryan Koeppen (physics).

Ethan Witt advanced to sectionals in the math subject area.