Skip to main content

Yankton Sweeps USD Science Olympiad

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two teams from Yankton swept the 33rd annual Science Olympiad State Tournament hosted at the University of South Dakota campus April 1.

As a result of their victories, the Yankton Middle and High School teams have been invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio May 19-20.

For more information about South Dakota Science Olympiad, please visit their website or contact Clark Bennett, state science olympiad director: or 605-658-5973.

Full Results

1st Place: Yankton Middle School, Coaches: Brooks Schild and Tom Merrill.
2nd Place: Sacred Heart Middle School, Coach: Rebecca Peterson.
3rd Place: Dakota Valley Middle School, Coaches: Amanda VandeVegte and Miranda Arnold.
4th Place: Mickelson Middle School, Coach: Christopher Mitchell.
5th Place: Vermillion Middle School, Coach: Audrey Job.
6th Place: Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School, Coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.
7th Place: George McGovern Middle School, Coaches: Jill Selchert and Amy Miller.
8th Place: Spearfish Middle School, Coaches: Tom Mead, Josh Wangeman, Leslie Wangeman and Mindy Coslet.

1st Place: Yankton High School, Coaches: Robert Medeck and Brooks Schild.
2nd Place: Dakota Valley High School, Coaches: Sarah Wonders and Mary Shuey.
3rd Place: Brookings High School, Coach: Kelly Riedell.
4th Place: Elk Point-Jefferson High School, Coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.
5th Place: Todd County High School, Coaches: Felicia King and Marjorie Blare.
6th Place: Lincoln High School, Coach: James Jarovski.
7th Place: Little Wound High School, Coaches: Jesus Fuentes and Jonathan Wenger.
T-8th Place: Tea Area High School, Coaches: Travis Ehrisman and Elizabeth Pitcher.
T-8th Place: Madison High School, Coach: Dawn Wiebers.


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.