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Winners from South Dakota Science Olympiad

VERMILLION, S.D. -- More than 175 middle school and high school students from 15 schools around South Dakota took part in the 32nd annual Science Olympiad State Tournament this weekend on the University of South Dakota campus.

Teams were divided into two divisions (junior/middle school and high school) and each team competed in 23 events that included building airplanes and gliders to fly for as long as possible; constructing bridges with the lightest material that can hold the most weight; and building vehicles to travel a certain distance and then stop. 

Division B winners:
1st Place: Yankton Middle School, coaches: Cheryl Schaeffer, Brooks Schild and Tom Merrill.
2nd Place: Sacred Heart Middle School, coaches: Sarah Wald and Rebecca Peterson.
3rd Place: Dakota Valley Middle School, coaches: Amanda VandeVegte and Miranda Arnold.
4th Place: Vermillion Middle School, coach: Audrey Job.
5th Place: Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School, coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.
6th Place: Mickelson Middle School, coach: Christopher Mitchell.
7th Place: Edison Middle School, coach: Sharon Andrews.

Division C winners:
1st  Place: Yankton High School, coaches: Robert Medeck and Brooks Schild.
2nd Place: Brookings High School, coach: Kelly Riedell.
3rd Place: Dakota Valley High School, coach: Sarah Wonders.
4th Place: Tea Area High School, coaches: John Nolte, Brittany Hamann and Alexandra Brown.
5th Place: Todd County High School, coaches: Marjorie Blare and Felicia King.
6th Place: Madison High School, coach: Dawn Wiebers.
7th Place: Little Wound High School, coaches: Jesus Fuentes and Jon Wenger.
8th Place: Spearfish High School, coach: Jessica Zwaschka.

As a result of their victories, both Yankton Middle School and Yankton High School have been invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad Tournament at The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin, May 20-21.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News