SOLON, OH – The Boyceville Middle and High School Science Olympiad teams participated the weekend of Feb. 3 in the Solon Science Olympiad Invitational in Solon, Ohio where the high school varsity team finishing 19th out of 64 teams and the middle school team placed in 26th 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 traveled through the night before arriving at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday morning. The day 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 the 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 — 9th in Towers; sixth graders Parker Coombs and Caden Wold — 11th in Towers; sophomore Cade Klefstad and Owen — 12th in both Towers and Mission Possible; seniors Brennan Wheeldon and Jason Swanepoel — 13th in Forensics; seniors Nicole Drinkman and Swanepoel — 14th in Dynamic Planet; and Coombs and Wold — 14th in Wright Stuff.
Parents, community members, and staff members helped make the trip possible.
The parent/adult chaperones who accompanied the team include Jack and Kelly Owen, Amy Corr, Craig and Sharon Formoe, Teresa Drury, Tony Pelikan, and Jason Peterson.
Boyceville Middle School is back in competition when it hosts the regional tournament it on Feb. 17, while Boyceville High head to the regionals at Menomonie High School on March 3.