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Students compete in IVCC Academic Challenge

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 12:44 p.m. CDT

OGLESBY — Approximately 275 students from 11 area high schools competed in the 32nd annual Academic Challenge at Illinois Valley Community College on Feb. 7.

Students took 40-minute, multiple choice tests in English, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering graphics, mathematics and biology.

In Division 700, schools with enrollments ranging from 300 to 699, Seneca took first place, and St. Bede Academy took second place. Hall and Mendota also participated.

St. Bede medalists are: Felipe Tekaesu, first biology; Adam Hunter, first chemistry and second physics; Joseph Jagiella, first computer science; Keira Zhuang, first math; and Sean Zou, first physics.

In Division 300, schools with enrollments of less than 300, Midland took first place, and Putnam County took second place. LaMoille and Serena also competed.

LaMoille’s medalists are: Garrett Anderson, first engineering graphics; and Ben Hosto, second physics.

First- and second-place teams and first and second-place individuals advance to sectional competition at Illinois Central College in East Peoria March 5. The state competition is in April at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

First-place winners are eligible for a $300 Edward and Joanne De Zwarte award from the IVCC Foundation if they attend IVCC the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation.

Tests are administered by more than 40 community colleges and universities throughout Illinois. Beginning in 1975, the tests were originally called TEAMS for Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science.

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