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Yankton Schools Win SD Science Olympiad

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota hosted the 35th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament on March 23.

Yankton Middle School and Yankton High School took first place in their divisions, and as a result of their victories, they have been invited to participate in the Science Olympiad National Tournament at Cornell University May 31-June 1.

Full Results


1st Place: Yankton Middle School, Coaches: Nicole Mehlhaff and Tina Hammond.
2nd Place: Sacred Heart Middle School, Coach: Rebecca Loutsch.
3rd Place: Dakota Valley Middle School, Coaches: Amanda Vande Vegte and Miranda Arnold.
4th Place: Mickelson Middle School, Coaches: Marci Green and Christopher Mitchell.
5th Place: Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School, Coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.
6th Place: Harrisburg North Middle School, Coach: Hannah Caffee.
7th Place: Vermillion Middle School, Coach: Kurt Seibel.


1st Place: Yankton High School, Coaches: Ashlee Fleming and Lindsay Kortan.
2nd Place: Brookings High School, Coach: Jessica Callahan.
3rd Place: Dakota Valley High School, Coaches: Sarah Wonders and Miranda Ritts.
4th Place: Elk Point-Jefferson High School, Coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.

For more information about South Dakota Science Olympiad please visit the state website or contact Mr. Clark Bennett, State Director at or 605-658-5973.


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
USD News