Morgan Park Academy’s WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team began its postseason push with a strong performance at regionals, finishing second among schools with 1,500 or fewer students at the University of St. Francis in Joliet on Feb. 3.

Teaming up to advance to next month’s sectional round were Divya Avula, Lisa Chen, Annika Echols, Zachary Guido, Banu Gulecyuz, Berat Gulecyuz, Daniel Jesuthasan, Alana Lay-Phillips, Grace Lei, Kevin Lei, New Nontakarn, Davey Salwan, Katarina Stanley, Tony Tang, Will Wei, and Adam Wu.
Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, and physics, MPA not only easily won Division 300 against schools its own size but finished a close second when measured against high schools with 10 times more students.
MPA Medalists
Divya Avula: second in biology
Daniel Jesuthasan: first in math, second in physics
Katarina Stanley: first in English, third in biology
Tony Tang: first in physics
Will Wei: third in physics
WYSE is an international program headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering the annual academic challenge competition, summer camps, and other programs. Its primary goal is to attract a greater number of talented and diverse students to careers in engineering and the sciences.
Morgan Park Academy’s WYSE program, first started by retired science teacher Dr. Larry Brown, has a 20-year history of top-level success in state competition, including Illinois Division 300 championships in 1997 and 2012.