Morgan Park Academy's WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team began its postseason push with a strong performance at regionals, finishing third among schools with 1,500 or fewer students at the University of St. Francis on Feb. 2.
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 third when measured against high schools with 10 times more students.
Teaming up to advance to next month's sectional round were seniors Amy Hu, Grace Lei, Leo Luo, Katarina Stanley, Hyuna Wei, Adam Wu, and Ian Yan; juniors Murphy Chen, Ethan Deng, Tony Tang, Will Wei, and William Zhang; sophomore Olga Mourgelas; and freshman Oscar Zhang. MPA Medalists
Ethan Deng: third in physics
Leo Luo: third in biology
Grace Lei: third in chemistry
Olga Mourgelas: third in biology
Tony Tang: first in physics
Adam Wu: second in physics, third in engineering graphics
Ian Yan: first in engineering graphics, third in computer science 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.