DHS Science and Engineering Team Has Strong Showing at Sectionals

The following is from Deerfield High School:

The DHS Science and Engineering Team (WYSE) finished first in the Academic Challenge Sectional Tournament held at Vernon Hills High School on March 14, 2014. Team members compete in two of seven areas related to the field of engineering. The competition is geared to the A.P. level of coursework (i.e. college level).

Several DHS students placed individually in their areas of competition. Ethan Dlugie took gold medals in both of his areas of competition: engineering graphics and physics. High school junior, Michael Malis, placed first in computer science. Michael started competing in WYSE as a sophomore, and his level of proficiency in computer science has grown exponentially. While Malis has taken computer science coursework at DHS, his level of knowledge goes far beyond the curriculum. Graham Ambrose placed 2nd in English, and Dean Li earned silver as well in the area of biology. Rounding out the individual medalists at the sectional were Lauren Smith in chemistry and Jonathon Arbaugh in physics.

To advance to the sectional tournament, the team or individuals have to place at least second in the Regional tournament. While DHS was unable to attend the regional due to weather, the team was allowed to schedule a make-up date. 

At the regional level, Deerfield students were also very successful. Lauren Smith placed first in chemistry. Max Feinberg earned bronze medals in both of his areas, chemistry and mathematics. Because his scores contributed most to the team score, he was named the DHS MVP of the regional tournament. Michael Malis earned gold in computer science, while Ricky Jacobson earned silver in the same area. Just as in the Sectional tournament, Ethan Dlugie placed first in both engineering graphics and physics.  Michael Donovan earned medals in both of his areas: silver in engineering graphics and bronze in English. Jonathon Arbaugh placed second in physics at the regional level.

Other Deerfield High School WYSE competitors did not earn individual medals, but helped in the overall team score. They were: Sammy Cohen, Michael Miller, Eddie Stein, Nathan Weiskirch, and Jonathan Wexler. The Deerfield Team now advances to the state tournament held Thursday, April 10th at the University of Illinois. The DHS WYSE team is coached by Marty Esgar, the A.P. Biology teacher at the school.

Bernard Johnson April 12, 2014 at 03:27 PM
When 'Resident' suggests that "it's a great use of resources to combine clubs between the two schools", I'd suggest that he/she doesn't grasp some of the consequences of doing so in such a way as is currently in effect. Among the realities that are dictated by the fact that HPHS' and DHS' class schedules don't overlap means that students from DHS - who need to make their way to HP, often find that whatever program [e.g. Robotics] on offer a HPHS 'after' school has already begun by the time DHS students can get to HP. Additionally, freshman and sophmores - who don't drive, and who couldn't park at DHS even if they did drive, simply can't travel the distances to/from the two schools in a timely manner - even in the best of weather; and the travel times take away from their already limited time capacities to allocate to either their core curriculum and/or extrqa-curricular activities. Once again, as relating to resources; Dist. 113 does add additional faculty facilitation at HP to accommodate DHS-students, it's just more students on top of the HP ones and further dilutes resource allocation. In short, exacerbated and inefficient travel times, non-interfacing schedules, over-burdened faculty and diluted resource all combine to diminsh both the viability of DHS students particpating in Robotics and in diminishing returns in the manner in which the program currently exists within Dist. 113. I would add that such protocols of 'combing clubs... for sports teams as well' might be fine for a highly limited/low participation club; however and once again, the logistics and allocation of limited resources diminish both the inherent viability and desirability of clubs when there is substantial {or potentially substantial} demand at both schools. Taking the propostion of the position suggested by 'Resident' one logical step further; if aggregate efficiencies are 'great', why has Dist. 113 induced us [taxpayers] to float and expend a couple of hundred million dollars to support TWO high-schools in the District? Why not just build one mega/super-HS? There are certain inherent limits in economies of scale and such as which are commonly called 'diminishing returns.' Scale is dictated by function and, in return, function and scale are dictated by both/either demand and/or potential demand. When you make the logistcs of accessing finite capacity a burden, you are - thereby, limiting both access and aggregate viability.
Bernard Johnson April 12, 2014 at 03:30 PM
make that, Dist. 113 DOESN'T add additional faculty facilitation....
Janice April 13, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Maybe there's just not enough student interest at DHS for the Robotics club to stand on its own? Also, in the past when there are combined activities, a bus is provided to go from one school to the other. Speaking of opportunities that one school has that the other doesn't, I don't believe HP has a WYSE program. One school combined would be a disaster. Many kids would miss out on opportunities that they wouldn't otherwise have since half as many kids can compete as do now.
Janice April 13, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Also, kudos to the DHS WYSE team for finished 2nd in State (only a few points out of first) on Thursday. One of their "star" students couldn't make it, so perhaps they'd have won if he had. It is great for the school no doubt, but it would be nice to see more girls selected for the team! That encouragement has to begin in the earlier grades.
Janice April 13, 2014 at 09:23 AM


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