Shyanne Oversen helped Killdeer win a pair of medals at the state Science Olympiad on April 22 at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
Oversen teamed with Chelsey Morlock to win a first-place medal in Optics. She also teamed with Molly Nies to take third in Invasive Species.
Overall, Killdeer tied for 17th as a team in a field of 24.
“I thought the state meet went well for us. My main goal at state this year was to for our team of mostly seventh- and eighth-graders to see what it was like and what they have to do to compete at that level,” said Science Olympiad coach Dr. Jeff West. “I thought they competed well and most importantly had fun. After seeing some of the events at state I had quite a few of the seventh and eighth graders telling me they were going to get started on their projects sooner and work harder next year to do better at state because it is a whole other level.”
To qualify for state a team must have finish in the top five of its region. Killdeer placed sixth in the junior high division at Dickinson State University on March 9.
However, they were able to compete at state because Hettinger, which placed fifth at the regional event, was not able to attend.
This was the fourth year in a row that Killdeer has sent a team to the state competition. This year we had 47 students competing in two junior high teams and two high school teams.