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Brookings High, Yankton Middle Schools take top honors at South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Brookings High School students and Yankton Middle School students were crowned champions of the South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at the University of South Dakota on Saturday, March 23.

It’s the 29th consecutive year that Yankton Middle School, coached by Cheryl Schaeffer, Brooks Schild and Tom Merrill, won the middle school division (Division B) competition while Brookings High, coached by Kelly Riedell, achieved first place in the high school division (Division C), topping second place Yankton which had its streak of 24 consecutive State Science Olympiad titles come to an end in 2013. Brookings High and Yankton Middle teams qualified to compete at the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Wright State University, May 17-18, in Dayton, Ohio.

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 – Spearfish Middle, fifth – Mickelson Middle, sixth – Dakota Valley Middle, seventh – Tri-Valley Middle, eighth – Missouri Valley Christian Academy, ninth – Madison Middle.

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

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


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News