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Maroa-Forsyth WYSE team takes state championship!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Some very smart young people visited the May 16 board meeting as they were honored with a proclamation by Mayor Marilyn Johnson and the Board of Trustees.

The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, or WYSE, program is an international organization based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. WYSE, in an effort to attract more students to careers in engineering and science, offers an annual academic challenge competition.

These local students, who were accompanied by their coach/advisor Erin Atherton, make up the Maroa-Forsyth High School WYSE team that competed with 28 teams and won the State Championship among mid-size schools in April at the U of I.

“I just want to thank this incredible group of kids,” a proud Atherton said. “Thank you very much for recognizing these great kids.”

The team won the regional competition in February at Richland Community College. From there, they moved on and won the sectional competition in March at Eastern Illinois University before heading to the finals.

Trustee David Wendt read the resolution and introduced each of the team members.

Team members include: Colin Arnold, Emaan Dawood, Katerina Gorou, Maddie Hall, Isra Hasnain, Yasir Hasnain, Charlie He, Najah Khan, Alex Kuhn, Haris Kureishy, Emily Ma, Collyn Richards, Shubha Verma and Maddy Weiss.

The proclamation read in part: “Now, therefore, the Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Village of Forsyth, do hereby recognize and honor these students for their tremendous academic achievements and declare May 17, 2016, as MFHS WYSE Team Day in the Village of Forsyth.”

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