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Yankton Middle School and Yankton High School to Compete in National Science Olympiad in May

VERMILLION, S.D. – Teams from Yanton Middle School and Yankton High School won their respective divisions at the 31st South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament, hosted by the University of South Dakota on Saturday.

Those two teams are eligible to compete in the National Science Olympiad at the University of Nebraska May 15-16.

Schools compete with up to 15 team members and two alternates. The competition is patterned after a track meet, with events ranging from hands-on labs to student-build machines and from outdoor events to paper-and-pencil tests. The Olympiad tests both scientific knowledge and skills.

First place in the Middle School/Junior High Division went to Yankton Middle School. Sacred Heart Middle School of Yankton was second, and Dakota Valley Middle School of North Sioux City was third.

Yankton High School won the High School Division, with Brookings High School second, and Spearfish High School third.


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, Knudson 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