For the second year in a row, UW-Milwaukee played host to the State Science Olympiad tournament on Saturday, April 7 with 43 teams representing the top 28 schools from across the state competed.

Once again, Menomonie High School’s Science Olympiad team took the second place spot — as did Menomonie Middle School’s 31 scientists who brought home 22 medals and the second place trophy for their school. The middle schoolers worked for six months studying, building — and never giving up as they aimed for the top.

Here’s the rundown for the MMS team, starting with gold medalists Ellen Dingwall and Autumn Larrabee in Potions and Poisons:

Silver medalists

  • Dynamic Planet — Marlena Weghorn and John Kluge
  • Experimental Design — Teagan Christenson, Isabella Kaufman and Allison Falkner
  • Herpetology (exb.) — Madeline DeVries
  • Road Scholar — Peter Bendel and David Ding
  • Wright Stuff — David Ding and Weghorn

Bronze medalists

  • Disease Detective — Dingwall and Shannon Mason
  • Ecology — Falkner and Kevin Leach
  • Rocks and Minerals — Kayla Kelsey and Leach
  • Rocks and Minerals (exb.) — Karissa Brunner and Grace Hasse
  • Towers — Bendel and Leach

“We are very proud of how much improvement these kids made over the season,” Coach Brian Evans noted. “Fifteen of our students at the state tournament were new to Science Olympiad this year — and for many of them to medal at the state tournament was a testament to how much time and effort they put in.”

Assistant Coach Natalie Topper noted that she would “like to see Olympiad expand in the future, and involve as many students in this STEM competition as possible.”

Both coaches are appreciative of the hard work and dedication put in by the elementary teams and coaches: “We both feel that Science Olympiad has really been a great opportunity for students from K-12 in Menomonie, and we want that opportunity to continue in the future for all our kids.”

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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