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Yankton Schools Win SD Science Olympiad

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota hosted the 34th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad on March 24.

More than 150 students competed in several science events. Yankton Middle School and Yankton High School won first place in their divisions and have been invited to participate in the Science Olympiad National Tournament at Colorado State University May 18-19.

Full Results

Middle School
1st Place: Yankton Middle School, Coaches: Brooks Schild, Tom Merrill, Nicole Mehlhaff and Elizabeth Dooley.
2nd Place: Sacred Heart Middle School, Coach: Rebecca Loutsch.
3rd Place: Dakota Valley Middle School, Coaches: Amanda Vande Vegte 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.

High School
1st  Place: Yankton High School, Coaches: Robert Medeck, Brooks Schild and Ashlee Fleming.
2nd Place: Dakota Valley High School, Coaches: Sarah Wonders and Miranda Ritts.
3rd Place: Elk Point-Jefferson High School, Coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.
T-4th Place: Brookings High School, Coach: Kelly Riedell.
T-4th Place: Madison High School, Coach: Dawn Wiebers.
T-4th Place: Todd County High School, Coaches: Marjorie Blare and Katie Petry.


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.


Hanna DeLange
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