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Education

St. Bede Academy WYSE team takes first place at competition

PERU — The St. Bede Academy WYSE team took first place for the second year in a row.

The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition (WYSE) is a series of tests meant to determine the best and smartest youth in science and engineering. Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. Written by teams of college and university faculty, subjects include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. Each test production team produces three tests of increasing levels of difficulty, regional, sectional and state finals.

Schools compete for best scores with teams of 12 students and also for individual student scores. The top two scores are taken in each category to move to regionals as is the top two scoring teams. This year St. Bede competed with the Division 300 schools which were Putnam County, Marquette, Midland and LaMoille. The team of students won a first-place trophy for the top cumulative score and they took home 10 medals for individuals placing first through third in the areas of chemistry, English, math, computer science and physics.

The top placing students were: Maggie Daluga and Alex Dittmar, second, chemistry; Rory Dirks, first, English; Alex Dittmar, second, English; Maggie Daluga, first, math; Ryan Edwall, Chris Sanchez and Olivia Smith, second, math; and Ken Wang, third, computer science and physics.

These students are the best in their categories out of the five schools in our region.

“To summarize we did good. Best school in 300 division. It’s very exciting to have students from such great academic environments competing at this level. The sectional competition will be held on March 19,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, St. Bede chemistry instructor.

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