CLC announces winners of High School Academic Challenge
More than 110 students from eight area high schools competed in the annual Academic Challenge competition, held Feb. 1 at the College of Lake County. The regional competition pitted the area’s brightest students against each other in academic tests covering seven academic areas. The first and second place finishers in each category and the top two teams from each division will advance to the North Chicago Sectional Competition, to be held March 14 at Vernon Hills High School. The Academic Challenge was sponsored by CLC Department of Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences and the University of Illinois College of Engineering’s Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) program.
Medalist awards were presented to the individual on each of the six teams with the highest total standardized score for their team. Medalists were Michael Zhang (Stevenson High School), Kelly Vogel (Carmel Catholic High School), Sarah Ditton (Lake Zurich High School), Tim Li (Libertyville High School), Justin Yim (Vernon Hills High School) and Erin Estes (Wauconda High School).
The high schools were divided into two divisions, schools with fewer than 1,500 students and those with more than 1,500 students (unlimited). In the 1,500 division, the top three teams were: 1st place: Vernon Hills, 2nd place: Carmel Catholic and 3rd place: Wauconda. In the unlimited schools division (over 1,500), the top schools were 1st place: Lake Zurich, 2nd place: Libertyville and 3rd place: Adlai Stevenson.
Unlimited division individual results
Biology winners: Daniel Abboud (Lake Zurich) - 1st, Sarah M. Ditton (Lake Zurich) - 2nd and Ankur Rastogi (Libertyville) – 3rd.
Chemistry winners: Tim Li (Libertyville) –1st, Ankur Rastogi (Libertyville) - 2nd and Sarah M Ditton (Lake Zurich) -3rd.
Computer Science winners: Michael Zhang (Stevenson) –1st, Ryan P. Thorne (Lake Zurich) – 2nd and Megan Kalafut (Lake Zurich) – 3rd.
Engineering Graphics winners: Ryan P Thorne (Lake Zurich) – 1st, Eric Peet (Lake Zurich) – 2nd, Michael A. Brenner (Lake Zurich) - 3rd.
English winners: David Crisler (Lake Zurich) – 1st, Alura Chung-Mehdi (Lake Zurich) – 2nd and Rachel Broughton (Libertyville) – 3rd.
Math winners: Tim Li (Libertyville) – 1st, David Crisler (Lake Zurich) –2nd and Elliot Stahnke (Libertyville) – 3rd.
Physics winners: Pat DeMichele (Stevenson) – 1st, Brent Cao (Libertyville), Heather Legan (Libertyville), Brian Suchy (Lake Zurich), and Matt Truskowski (Libertyville) – tie for 2nd and Rachel Broughton (Libertyville) - 3rd.
Division 1,500 Individual Results
Biology winners: Micaela Kulavaranon (Vernon Hills) - 1st, Isaiah Liu (Vernon Hills) - 2nd and Lucy Wu (Vernon Hills) – 3rd.
Chemistry winners: Justin Yim (Vernon Hills) –1st, Micaela Kulvaranon (Vernon Hills) and Kelly Vogel (Carmel Catholic) - tie for 2nd and Conrad Kocoj (Vernon Hills) – 3rd.
Computer Science winners: Ryan Curtis (Vernon Hills) - 1st, Karen Liu (Vernon Hills) –2nd and Samantha Cook (Carmel Catholic) – 3rd.
Engineering Graphics winners: Ryan Curtis (Vernon Hills) - 1st
English winners: Victoria Steigerwald (Vernon Hills) - 1st, Justin Song (Vernon Hills) - 2nd and Lucy Liu (Vernon Hills) – 3rd.
Math winners: Justin Yim (Vernon Hills) - 1st, Isaiah Liu (Vernon Hills) - 2nd and Ben Grudt (Wauconda) – 3rd.
Physics winners: Justin Song (Vernon Hills) - 1st, Eric Zhang (Vernon Hills) - 2nd and Victoria Steigerwald (Vernon Hills) – 3rd.
The top two students from each subject in each division advance to the sectional competition at Vernon Hills High School on March 14. The top two teams from each division also advance.
The teams were coached by John Wilkie (Stevenson), Joshua Ravenscraft (Vernon Hills), Dave Schmitz (Wauconda), Anne Hopkins (Lake Zurich) and Peter Dawson (Libertyville).
Two CLC faculty members, Rob Twardock (engineering transfer) and Dr. Ana Mazilu (physics) served as coordinators for the competition, held annually at the college. “Each year we consistently get comments from team coaches that CLC’s regional competition is one of the best academic competitions they attend,” Twardock said.
High school academic teams interested in participating in next year’s competition, to be held in February 2015 at CLC, should contact Twardock at (847) 543-2903. Schools can learn more about the competition by visiting the WYSE website at https://wiki.engr.illinois.edu/display/wyse/WYSE+Academic+Challenge.
Students or parents interested in more information about the Engineering Program at CLC should visit the Engineering home page at http://www.clcillinois.edu/credit/programs/egr.asp or contact Rob Twardock or Dr. Mazilu.