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Boyceville Science Olympiad places 4th at UWRF Border Battle

RIVER FALLS — Approximately 800 students from 26 Minnesota and Wisconsin high schools competed in the third annual Science Olympiad Border Battle held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Saturday, January 25.

The event, organized by UWRF physics Professor Earl Blodgett, featured 48 high school teams competing in 23 National Science Olympiad events as well as five trial events specific to Wisconsin and one trial event specific to Minnesota.

Medals were awarded to the top four finishers in both divisions (based on school size) in all 29 events in the tournament. In addition, team trophies were awarded to the top four teams in each division.  Team results are listed below. Visit http://www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/olympiad/Awards.cfm for a complete list of all awards and additional information about the tournament.

• The Mounds View, Minn., High School Goats Team finished first overall in the tournament and first in their division.

• The Wayzata, Minn., High School A team finished second overall and second in their division.

• The Menomonie High School Maroon Team finished third overall and third in their division.

• The Boyceville High School Purple Team finished fourth overall and first in their division. Boyceville High School was also presented the Spirit Award for the enthusiasm and sportsmanship exhibited by members of all three Boyceville teams. (A listing of team members is below followed by individual medal winners.)

• The Eastview, Minn., High School A Team finished fifth overall and fourth in their division.

• The Medford High School Red Team placed second in their division and 7th overall.

• The New Richmond High School Black Team placed third in their division and 13th overall.

• The Shell Lake High School Gold Team placed fourth in their division and 16th overall.

Members on the Boyceville High School Purple Team were: Maddy Bygd, Peter Duerst, Max Engel, Hannah Jerrie, Ian Kane, Danielle Nelson, Wyatt Swenson, Luke Timper, Nick Wathke, Brandon Windsor, Clayton Windsor, Dylan Windsor, Nolan Windsor.

First place medal winners from Boyceville High School were: Rachal Anderson and Megan Bird in Elastic Launch Gliders; Alex Kapsner and Lee Oemig in Rocks and Minerals; Kiel Anderson and Michael Chich in Roller Coaster; Peter Duerst and Clayton Windsor in Astronomy; Max Engel and Ian Kane in Boomilever; Max Engel and Wyatt Swenson in Bungee Drop; Peter Duerst, Hannah Jerrie and Dylan Windsor in Code Busters; Hannah Jerrie and Danielle Nelson in Disease Detectives; Clayton Windsor and Dylan Windsor in Entomology; Hannah Jerrie and Nolan Windsor in Forensics; Peter Duerst and Brandon Windsor in Geologic Mapping; Luke Timper and Nick Wathke in Magnetic Levitation; Clayton Windsor and Dylan Windsor in Material Science; Peter Duerst and Ian Kane in Mission Possible; Luke Timper and Nick Wathke in Radio Lab; and Max Engel and Ian Kane in Scrambler.

Second place medal winners from Boyceville High School were: Megan Bird and Lauren Klassen in Forensics; Noah Edlin and Abby Lorenz in Magnetic Levitation; Danielle Nelson and Luke Timper in Anatomy & Physiology; Max Engel and Ian Kane in Elastic Launch Gliders; Maddy Bygd, Danielle Nelson and Luke Timper in Experimental Design; Brandon Windsor and Clayton Windsor in Invasives; Maddy Bygd and Brandon Windsor in Roller Coaster; Peter Duerst and Danielle Nelson in Technical Problem Solving.

Third place medal winners from Boyceville High School were: Katie Kegen and Samantha Merkel in Radio Lab; Lauren Klassen and Sandra Knorr in Sustainability.

Fourth place medal winners from Boyceville High School were: Lauren Klassen and Sandra Knorr in Material Science; Alyssa Leslie and Lee Oemig in Astronomy; Kiel Anderson and Michael Chich in Boomilever; Alyssa Leslie and Lee Oemig in Dynamic Planet; Micadin Kahl and Andrew Marshall in Mission Possible; Luke Timper and Nick Wathke in Circuit Lab; Clayton Windsor and Dylan Windsor in Compound Machines; Peter Duerst and Dylan Windsor in Water Quality; Maddy Bygd and Danielle Nelson in Write It, Do It.

About Science Olympiad

In its 31st year, Science Olympiad has become the largest team science and technology competition in North America and has been recognized as a model program in the National Science Standards by the National Research Council. Unlike many other physics, biology or chemistry competitions, Science Olympiad mixes the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology together in one competition. For more information about Science Olympiad, visit http://soinc.org/ or http://wisconsinso.org/