BOYCEVILLE — Boyceville will host the 7th Annual Boyceville Science Olympiad Tournament in Boyceville on Saturday, December 7th to open the 2013-2014 Science Olympiad season.
The Invitational has grown tremendously from the first invitational Science Olympiad tournament in Wisconsin history with only 12 teams in December 2007 to one of the largest tournaments in the entire nation with 82 teams registered to compete this year. Area schools signed up to compete include Boyceville Middle and High School, Glenwood City Middle and High School, Spring Valley High School, Colfax High School, Menomonie Middle and High School, St. Croix Central High School, and New Richmond Middle and High School.
This tournament has developed a strong tradition of preparing students well for the regional and state competitions and has drawn some of the strongest Science Olympiad programs in the entire region, including Mounds View HS, the three-time defending Minnesota State Champion and 7th place team at last year’s National Tournament, Eastview HS, the 2009 & 2010 Minnesota State Champion and a 2011 National Qualifier, New Trier HS, the 10-time Illinois State Champion and tenth place team at last year’s National Tournament, and Menomonie HS, the 2008, 2009, & 2011 Wisconsin State Champion. Three of the top six teams from last year’s high school state tournament in Wisconsin, including Menomonie (2nd), Boyceville (4th), and Medford (6th) have also registered to compete, as have several strong programs from Minnesota (Mounds View, 1st, Eastview, 2nd, Wayzata, 3rd, Rochester Mayo, 7th, and Delano, 8th, Northfield, 9th, and St. Paul Central, 10th).
The public is invited to come and watch the excitement of this tournament starting at 8:30 in the Boyceville Middle and High School buildings. Events will conclude at 2:20 with the awards ceremony beginning around 3:00 PM in the Gymatorium and is open to the public. More information about the tournament can be found at the Boyceville Science Olympiad homepage: http://scienceolympiad.boycevillescience.com
Boyceville Science Olympiad is coached by Andy Hamm and he is assisted by Stewart Skrove.
High School Team Returns 12 State Medalists
Boyceville High School will look to improve on their 4th place finish at least year’s invitational tournament as they open their season, but there will be many new faces after graduating 6 out of the 15 students on the Varsity-Purple team last year. Students from last year’s Varsity-Purple team include seniors Peter Duerst, Ian Kane, Danielle Nelson, Nick Wathke, Clayton Windsor, and Dylan Windsor. Other returning state medalists include juniors Hannah Jerrie and Nolan Windsor and sophomores Maddy Bygd, Andrew Marshall, Luke Timper, and Brandon Windsor. Freshman transitioning to the HS team who found success in MS include Kiel Anderson and Maxwell Engel. Boyceville will also be looking for key contributions this year from returning senior Tanner Johnson-Hetchler, juniors Megan Bird and Lauren Klassen and sophomore Noah Edlin.
Middle School Team Returns 11 State Place Winners
Boyceville Middle School will look to defend their four-time tournament title as they open their season as well. Boyceville MS also placed 5th at the state tournament last year, making Boyceville one of only two schools in the state last year to have both their MS and HS teams finish in the top five at the state tournament. Returning state place winners for BMS include ninth-graders Abby Kegan, Tori Kostman, and Erica Sempf, eighth-graders Rian Corr, Mariah Drury, Emmett Kapsner, Luke Knudtson, Casey Owen, Brennan Wheeldon, and Sean Best, and seventh-grader Mark Timper. Boyceville will also be looking for key contributions from eighth-grader Jason Swanepoel, and seventh-graders Sarah Kapsner and Brandon Nunnery.