It’s the 30th consecutive year that Yankton Middle School, coached by Cheryl Schaeffer, Brooks Schild and Tom Merrill, won the middle school division (Division B) competition while Yankton High, coached by Schild, Robert Medeck and Angie Hejl, achieved first place in the high school division (Division C), topping second place Brookings and Coach Kelly Riedell. By winning the state competition on the USD campus, Yankton High and Yankton Middle teams qualified to compete at the National Science Olympiad Tournament at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, May 16-17.

Hundreds of middle school and high school students from across the state competed in several science events during the competition on the USD campus. All events for the Science Olympiad are determined at the national level. For the state tournament, faculty, staff and students from USD organized and served as judges for the events.

Division B: first place – Yankton Middle, second – Sacred Heart Middle, third – Vermillion Middle, fourth – Dakota Valley Middle, fifth – Spearfish Middle, sixth – Mickelson Middle, seventh – Elk Point-Jefferson Middle, eighth – Madison Academy, ninth – Gayville-Volin Middle.

Division C: first – Yankton High, second – Brookings High, third – Dakota Valley High, fourth – Spearfish High, fifth – Todd County High, sixth – Mitchell High, seventh – Madison High.

Complete results of this year’s competition, as well as results from previous years, are available at

For more information about South Dakota Science Olympiad, please visit or contact Clark Bennett, state director, at or (605) 677-5248.

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