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USD Readies for 33rd Annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament

VERMILLION, S.D. – Seventeen of South Dakota’s middle schools and high schools are scheduled to compete in the 33rd annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at the University of South Dakota on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

The schools scheduled to participate are: Brookings Mickelson Middle School; Brookings High School; North Sioux City Dakota Valley Middle School and High School; Elk-Point Jefferson Middle School and High School; Sioux Falls McGovern Middle School; Sioux Falls Lincoln High School; Kyle Little Wound High School; Madison High School; Spearfish Middle School; Tea Area High School; Todd County High School; Vermillion Middle School; Yankton Sacred Heart 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 presentations and activities by Avera Health, the Center for Brain & Behavior Research and Women in STEM.

The state tournament will involve more than 200 middle school and high school students competing in several science events. The top teams from each division will be invited to the 2017 National Science Olympiad Tournament in May. All events for the Science Olympiad are determined at the national level. For the state tournament, faculty, staff, and students from USD organize and judge these events. Visit the Science Olympiad website for more details.

View a schedule of events


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 84 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.