A team of Evanston Township High School students won the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) regional competition on Feb. 3. Headquartered at the University of Illinois, the WYSE Academic Challenge is a statewide competition that administers a series of tests in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, and English to high school teams and individuals. The ETHS team won all subjects, with the exception of math, and placed ahead of Niles West (2nd) and Loyola Academy (3rd).
The first-place regional team members are Erik Baker, Elliot Chanen, Gabi Dallas, Eleanor Goerss, James Hanford, Sophie Kornbluh, Patrick Loftus, Josh Isenstein, Margaret Omori, Sam Sagan, Sammy Straus, Isabel Strula, Matt Swartwout, and Fiona West. Individual medals went to the following students; Sophie Kornbluh (first place, biology); Gabi Dallas and Fiona West (tied f or second place, chemistry); Computer Science: Sammy Straus (second place, computer science); Erik Baker (second place, English); Sammy Straus (first place, physics); and Sam Sagan (third place, physics).
The team will compete in the sectional on March 9 and vie for a spot at the 2012 state finals in April.