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WYSE Team Bound for State
WYSE Team Bound for State

Congratulations to our "Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering" (WYSE) team on their sectional victory last week at Northern Illinois University. WYSE is an international program headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offering an annual Academic Challenge competition. A perfect score of 500 points earned our EA team first place out of eleven schools in their Division. The win advanced the Hilltoppers to the State Championship on April 18.

The team swept medals in three subject areas.

  • Biology: 1st Prudhvie Gudapati, 2nd Karan Gowda, 3rd Pranav Sai
  • Chemistry: 1st Simon Balisi, 2nd Prudhvie Gudapati, 3rd Bryan Leng
  • Computer Science: 1st Ben Simon, 2nd Karan Gowda, 3rd Simon Balisi

Also earning medals were Amelia Deering (English 2nd Place), Eddie Joyce (Math 2nd Place, and William Wang (Math 1st Place and Physics 1st Place). Additional members of WYSE are: Madigan Boborci, Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Alex Mead, Caitlin Sharma, and Henry Stone.





MS Qualifiers for National History Bee

Congratulations to 8th grader, Lucas Muffitt, and 7th grader, Tommy Guyett, on advancing as National Finalist Qualifiers to the National History Bee to be held June 1st - 4th in Atlanta, Georgia. The two middle school boys competed in the Chicago North Regional Finals at St. Francis High School in Wheaton on Saturday, March 25th.

The National History Bee National Championship is the final stage of the National History Bee competition. Each competitor will compete in four Preliminary Buzzer Rounds. Two rounds will feature questions that focus on the history of the United States while two will feature questions that focus on the history of the world. Each student will also take a written exam. Good luck, boys!

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Kudos to Battle of the Books Team

Congratulations to EA's 2016-2017 Battle of the Books (BOB) team of 13 team players and 1 student coach who finished second out of a field of 35 teams in the BOB program. Team members read books from a list of titles chosen by librarians. Scores are kept and winners are recognized; however, much emphasis throughout the season is placed on the fun of participation and the satisfaction that comes from reading and from starting and finishing an assignment. Ms. Schick, EA Librarian and Faculty Coach, said that throughout the season the team was complimented on their teamwork, organization, and support of one another.

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Congratulations Solo Festival Medalists

Many of our 4th grade and Middle School band students (under the direction of Rebecca Rome) attended the Music Education Services Band Solo Contest (Solo Festival) on Saturday, March 11th, at St. Peter's School. This event gave the band members an opportunity to perform a solo with a piano accompaniment and be judged on their level of proficiency. Our Elgin Academy students rated very well. The following students received medals for their performances:

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Lower School Chess Tournament Winners

Congratulations to the Lower School chess team for an outstanding performance at the recent Grove Avenue School Chess Tournament. Our trio of kindergartner Danny Amante, 1st grader Estee Hughes, and 3rd grader Sam Amante (left to right in the photo) brought home the 3rd place team trophy. The individual 2nd place trophy at the kindergarten level went to Danny, while Sam earned the individual 1st place trophy for K - 3 overall. An excellent result all round!

Please note that EA will host its annual chess tournament on Saturday, April 15th. Competition for all grades K - 12 takes place between 9:00 a.m. and about 1:00 p.m. depending on the number of participants. All EA chess enthusiasts are encouraged to take part. You can register online via the following LINK or at EA before 9:00 a.m. on the day of the tournament.
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MS Geographic Bee Winner Advances to State

Seventh grader Tommy Guyett has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Illinois Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Illinois State University on Friday, March 31. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee. Our best wishes go with Tommy!

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Congratulations to Amelia Deering '17

Senior Amelia Deering has been selected to move from National Merit Semifinalist recognition to the status of National Merit Finalist. She joins the ranks of about 15,000 National Merit Scholarship finalists nationwide.

"Amelia is without question a truly exceptional student who celebrates the joy of intellectual curiosity for its own sake. She has achieved remarkable academic success at the same time that she has pursued excellence and leadership opportunities in a wide range of co-curricular and service ventures, said Doug Sept, Director of the Upper School.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a test that serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

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WYSE Team Takes Regional Title

On Wednesday, February 8th, the Upper School WYSE team took first place in regional competition at Elgin Community College. WYSE, an abbreviation for Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering, is an academic challenge club where a selected team of students take tests in a variety of subject areas, including math, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and English. Their victory secured a spot at Sectionals on March 2nd at Northern Illinois University. Congratulations to those students who earned medals. Click here for the results!

2017 WYSE Team: Simon Balisi, Madigan Boborci, Amelia Deering, Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Karan Gowda, Prudhvie Gudapati, Eddie Joyce, Bryan Leng, Alex Mead, Pranav Sai, Caitlin Sharma, Ben Simon, Henry Stone, and William Wang.

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