Tony Tang and Adam Wu continued Morgan Park Academy’s history of success at the WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) state finals, placing second and third in Division 300, respectively, in physics on April 18 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tony, a junior, and Adam, a senior, both had been to the state finals once previously and had been pushing themselves to come home with medals this year, said Upper School math teacher Jae eun Yoon, who coaches the WYSE team.
“I am extremely proud of them,” Yoon said. “Tony has been challenging himself since reaching states last year and Adam also has been working persistently and finally earned a medal as a senior. I am very happy for him since it was his last chance.”
MPA placed third among schools with 1,500 or fewer students at the WYSE regional tournament in February. Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, and physics, the team not only easily won Division 300 against schools its own size but measured up against high schools with 10 times more students.
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.