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USD Readies for 37th Annual South Dakota Science Olympiad Tournament

A beautiful, classic picture of Old Main on USD USD is set to host the 37th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament Saturday, March 20.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Five of South Dakota’s middle schools and high schools are scheduled to compete in the 37th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament on Saturday, March 20. This year’s state tournament will take place virtually.

The schools scheduled to participate include Brookings High School, Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School and High School, Mickelson Middle School (Brookings) and Yankton High School.

During the state tournament, middle school and high school students will compete in several science events. The top teams from each division will be invited to the 2021 National Science Olympiad Tournament in May, which will also be held virtually.

All events for the Science Olympiad are determined at the national level. Faculty, staff and students from USD organize and judge the state tournament events.

For a brief description of the events, please visit

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Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well-balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.


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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