Mar 25, 2014

Yankton teams take top honors at South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Yankton High School students and Yankton Middle School students finished first in their respective divisions at the 2014 South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at the University of South Dakota on Saturday, March 22.

It’s the 30th consecutive year that Yankton Middle School, coached by Cheryl Schaeffer, Brooks Schild and Tom Merrill, won the middle school division (Division B) competition while Yankton High, coached by Schild, Robert Medeck and Angie Hejl, achieved first place in the high school division (Division C), topping second place Brookings and Coach Kelly Riedell. By winning the state competition on the USD campus, Yankton High and Yankton Middle teams qualified to compete at the National Science Olympiad Tournament at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, May 16-17.

Hundreds of middle school and high school students from across the state competed in several science events during the competition on the USD campus. All events for the Science Olympiad are determined at the national level. For the state tournament, faculty, staff and students from USD organized and served as judges for the events.

Division B:  first place – Yankton Middle, second – Sacred Heart Middle, third – Vermillion Middle, fourth – Dakota Valley Middle, fifth – Spearfish Middle, sixth – Mickelson Middle, seventh – Elk Point-Jefferson Middle, eighth – Madison Academy, ninth – Gayville-Volin Middle.

Division C: first – Yankton High, second – Brookings High, third – Dakota Valley High, fourth – Spearfish High, fifth – Todd County High, sixth – Mitchell High, seventh – Madison High.

Complete results of this year’s competition, as well as results from previous years, are available at

For more information about South Dakota Science Olympiad, please visit or contact Clark Bennett, state director, at or (605) 677-5248(605) 677-5248.

About Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.  Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year.  The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computers, and technology.  There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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Peter Carrels
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