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USD readies for 28th annual SD Science Olympiad State Tournament

VERMILLION, S.D. -- More than 20 of South Dakota’s middle schools and high schools will compete in the 28th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at the University of South Dakota on Saturday, March 31.

Schools to be represented are Brookings High School, Dakota Valley Middle School and High School, Deuel Middle School and High School (Clear Lake), Gayville-Volin Middle School and High School, Great Plains Lutheran High School (Watertown), Madison Middle School and High School, Mickelson Middle School (Brookings), Missouri Valley Christian Academy (Yankton), Mitchell High School, Sacred Heart Middle School (Yankton), Spearfish Middle School and High School, Todd County High School (Mission), Tri-Valley High School (Colton), Vermillion Middle School, and Yankton Middle School and High School. In addition to the ongoing individual challenges and team events, there will be open house activities during the day, including demonstrations by Sanford Research and the United States Army ROTC.

The state tournament will involve more than 250 middle school and high school students competing in several science events. For the state tournament, faculty, staff and students from USD organize and judge these events. The top teams from each division will be invited to the 2012 National Science Olympiad Tournament in May. All events for the Science Olympiad are determined at the national level. A schedule of events can be found at A brief description of the events is also available at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News