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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.


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