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Byron Community School District #226

Byron A.C.E.S. Team Captures 5th Place in State Finals

Team members compete in seven different categories (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Graphics, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science) by taking two different tests. “We match up each student with the two tests that they are best suited to take” said coach Mike McHale. Typically the squad is reserved for juniors and seniors, but occasionally Coach McHale asks a few sophomores to compete.  “We’ve had some great success over the years…but it has been four years since we placed in the top five…which is always one of our goals at the beginning of the year.”  The team was lead throughout the year by Junior Brayden Baker (finished 2nd in Mathematics and 4th in Physics in the State Finals), senior Riley Jarret (2nd place in Biology and English at Sectionals), and sophomore Andrew Freedlund (4th place in Mathematics and Byron top chemistry score in State Finals).  Other state finalist medalist included Shannon McHale and Sadie Stickler (tie for 5th in mathematics) and Joel Pauley (tie for 5th in Physics).  “The team worked and prepared diligently this year…these types of things don’t happen by accident.  Lots of hard work and dedication over the years went into this by all involved.” McHale added.  “Most of these kids are already looking forward to next year.” 

Team members include:

Alaina Haas

Lauren Carlson

Shannon McHale

Brayden Baker

Lauryn Shank

Jon Wicklein

Jack Sober

Sadie Stickler

Joel Pauley

Sydney Smith

Anika Roush

Kate Schilling

Addie Ebersohl

Luke Mathieu

Lily Swiech

Riley Jarrett

Ava Kultgen

Denise Braithwaite

Andrew Freedlund

Audrey Kilmer