MALTA — Clad in bright orange T-shirts declaring themselves “Enginerds,” the Rochelle Hubs World Youth Science and Engineering team sent a message to the other competitors at the Kishwaukee College regional on Tuesday.
RTHS had come to win the regional, and that’s exactly what the team did.
The Hubs finished with an almost-perfect score (494.7 of 500 points) to defeat Sycamore for the first time in six years. WYSE Team Coach Matt Hagemann confirmed RTHS took first place in the division of schools with 700-1,500 students, to win the right to compete at sectionals March 2 at NIU.
RTHS very nearly swept the Chemistry division with Alec Tilton tied for third, a second place 3-way tie between Conrad Milton, Matthew Malaker and Lexi Brown, and a first place finish by Nick Whisman.
Whisman scored a 38 out of 40, earning him the title of Event Champion in Chemistry. He had the best score of all tests.
Second place: Matthew Malaker
Third place: Hunter Haggestad
Second place tie: Paige Myroth and Nick Whisman
Lexy LeMar won first in the division as well as the Event Champion in Math with the highest score of all math students.
RTHS swept the Physics Division with a third place finish by Alec Tilton, a second plance finish by Ben Chiavini and a first place finish by LeMar.
LeMar earned her second Event Champion title in physics with the highest test score.