SOLON, OH – The Boyceville MS & HS Science Olympiad teams participated this past weekend in the Solon Science Olympiad Invitational in Solon, OH with the high school varsity team finishing 19th out of 64 teams and the middle school team finishing in 26th place overall out of 46 teams. Eight different states were represented at this tournament, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania and four of the top five teams from last year’s national tournament were also in attendance.
The team departed by coach bus for Solon, Ohio on Thursday evening, and the bus traveled through the night before arriving at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH on Friday morning. Friday was spent touring the museum and watching a movie on the Amazon Rainforest in the Cleveland DOME Theater.
Earning a tournament championship gold medal at this prestigious tournament was senior Rian Corr and freshman Nathan Corr in Mousetrap Vehicle. A fifth place ribbon was earned by ninth grader Grace Edlin and sixth grader Peter Wheeldon in Mystery Architecture. A sixth place ribbon was earned by junior Mark Timper and sophomores Ana Evenson and Caitlyn Pelikan in Experimental Design. Eighth place ribbons were earned by ninth graders Brady Helland and Connor Sempf in Battery Buggy, seniors Casey Owen and Emmett Kapsner in Hovercraft, and seniors Mariah Drury and Marissa Dormanen in Write It, Do It. Other top finishes included Helland and Sempf finishing 9th in Towers, sixth graders Parker Coombs and Caden Wold finishing 11th in Towers, sophomore Cade Klefstad and Owen finishing 12th in both Towers and Mission Possible, seniors Brennan Wheeldon and Jason Swanepoel finishing 13th in Forensics, seniors Nicole Drinkman and Swanepoel finishing 14th in Dynamic Planet, and Coombs and Wold finishing 14th in Wright Stuff.
The entire team and coaching staff appreciates all of the parents, community members, and staff members who have helped and made a trip like this possible. In particular, the team appreciates the parent/adult chaperones who attended with the team, including Jack & Kelly Owen, Amy Corr, Craig & Sharon Formoe, Teresa Drury, Tony Pelikan, and Jason Peterson.
Boyceville MS is back in competition at the regional tournament it hosts on February 17th, while Boyceville HS goes to regionals at Menomonie HS on March 3rd.