WYSE Academic Challenge

Worldwide Youth in Science and EngineeringOn Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, KCC hosted the regional 2013 WYSE – Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering – Academic Challenge.

Results from the challenge are posted here. About 190 students from 12 local high schools competed. The KCC Foundation awarded a four-credit-hour tuition waiver to 12 students based on competition results.

The Academic Challenge is a battery of tests created by the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering program and offered to high school students. Subjects tested are biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. The goal of the Academic Challenge is to acquaint high school students with the course content and the level of competition that they will experience upon entering a science or engineering curriculum at the college or university level. Consequently, the test content will challenge the brightest students.

Participating Schools

  • Bishop McNamara Catholic High School
  • Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School
  • Donovan Junior Senior High School
  • Grant Park High School
  • Herscher High School
  • Iroquois West High School
  • Kankakee High School
  • Manteno High School
  • Momence High School
  • Peotone High School
  • St. Anne High School
  • Tri-Point High School

About the KCC Foundation Scholarships

The KCC Foundation awarded 12 tuition waivers for a 4-credit-hour KCC class based on the highest scores on the biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics subject exams. In each of these subjects, the student with the highest score who meets the criteria listed below received the waiver.


The student must be a senior attending a high school in the KCC district. (NOTE: all schools attending except Peotone High School are in the KCC district.)

The student must be on the WYSE varsity team for his/her school.

If necessary, the second subject exam will serve as a tiebreaker. In that case, the scores on the second exam will be normalized according the following formula: