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Boyceville upsets Menomonie at Science Olympiad invite

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The Boyceville High School upset local rival Menomonie High School at the 10th annual Boyceville Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Out of 31 schools and a total of 60 teams, Boyceville finished in fourth place overall, narrowly defeating regional powerhouse teams Menomonie, Madison West, Mount Vernon (Iowa), and state champion Bismarck High School from North Dakota.

Boyceville’s varsity team was the champion of Division 2 and earned medals in 22 of 28 total events.

Getting gold

Individual event gold medals were earned by senior Max Engel and junior Rian Corr in Helicopters, Engel and freshman Caitlyn Pelikan in Sustainable Energy, junior Jason Swanepoel and freshman Jasmine Windsor in Dynamic Planet, juniors Hunter Holten and Nicole Drinkman in Food Science, sophomores Mark Timper and Sarah Kapsner in Forensics, junior Casey Owen and Drinkman in Game On, Owen and Rian Corr in Hovercraft, Swanepoel and Drinkman in Rocks & Minerals, Owen and Rian Corr in Towers, Timper and Pelikan in WiFi Lab, Owen and Holten in Wind Power, and Owen and sophomore Sean Best in Time to Fly. A gold medal was also earned by JV team members seniors Kiel Anderson and Marvin Wienke in Towers.

Snagging silver

Silver medals were earned by Timper and Sarah Kapsner in Anatomy & Physiology, Swanepoel and Engel in both Astronomy and Hydrogeology, Engel and Rian Corr in Electric Vehicle, juniors Mariah Drury and Marissa Dormanen in Invasive Species, and Swanepoel and Windsor in Remote Sensing. Silver medals were also earned by JV team members juniors Brennan Wheeldon and Lauryn Dominick in Hovercraft and Dominick as well as juniors Haley Wold and Mariah Schlottman in Experimental Design.

Bronze and beyond

A bronze medal was earned by Owen and Rian Corr in Optics. Bronze medals were also earned by JV team members Brennan Wheeldon and sophomore Emmett Kapsner in Helicopters, Dominick and junior Rylie Andrews in Invasive Species, and Anderson and Wienke in Wind Power.

Fourth place medals were earned by Windsor, Dormanen, and Swanepoel in Code Busters, Engel and Pelikan in Ecology, and Sarah Kapsner and Windsor in Mystery Design. Fourth place medals were also earned by JV team members Dominick and Rylie Andrews in Food Science as well as Brennan Wheeldon and Emmett Kapsner in Optics.

Middle school results

The Boyceville Middle School Science Olympiad Varsity team finished in fourth place overall out of 38 teams representing 19 schools, defeating defending Minnesota state champion Chippewa Middle School from North Oaks, Minn. and defending Iowa state champion Ames Middle School.

Ahead of the BMS team were defending national champion team Daniel Wright from Lincolnshire, Ill., Menomonie, and defending state champion Madison Hamilton Middle School.

Tournament champion gold medals were earned by seventh graders Kayden Benson and Shiloh Wheeldon in Crime Busters, ninth graders Ana Evenson and Tyra Kostman in Disease Detectives, ninth grade Cade Klefstad and eighth grader Nathan Corr in Scrambler, Hovercraft, and Wind Power, Cade Klefstad and eighth grader Brady Helland in Mission Possible, Nathan Corr and eighth grader Connor Sempf in Road Scholar, Helland and Sempf in Towers, and Nathan Corr and Helland in Wright Stuff. Gold medals were also earned by JV team members seventh graders Cadence Kurr and Jenna Goodell in Crime Busters and seventh graders John Klefstad and Preston Coombs in both Hovercraft and Scrambler.

Silver medals were earned by Evenson and ninth grader Noelle Wheeldon in both Dynamic Planet and Fast Facts, Noelle Wheeldon and Helland in Ecology, and Cade Klefstad and Sempf in Optics. Silver medals were also earned by JV team members seventh graders Lacota Brown and Madison Andrews in Towers.

Bronze medals were earned by Evenson, Kostman, and ninth grader Emma Bygd, Benson and Shiloh Wheeldon in Food Science, and Evenson and Kostman in Microbe Mission. Bronze medals were also earned by JV team members John Klefstad and Coombs in Towers and Madison Andrews and seventh grader Ali Ruhnke in Wind Power.

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