The VMS eighth grade earth science teacher and Science Olympiad coach, Nicole Schutter, and the student team spent numerous after school hours to prepare for this event.
The tournament was a rigorous academic interscholastic competition that consisted of a series of individual and team events. A total of nine South Dakota middle schools competed in 22 events and VMS received the following in each event:
Anatomy (Bryant Yang, Robyn Axtell) – third.
Awesome Aquifer (Mathia Shumaker, Elly Miiller) – third.
Balloon Launch Glider (Mark Helenurm, Calvin Prinsen) – fifth.
Balloon Race (Elly Miiller, Robyn Axtell) – seventh.
Disease Detective (Elias Shumaker, Nick Britten) – sixth.
Don't Bug Me (Elias Shumaker, Mark Helenurm) – first.
Ecology (Robyn Axtell, Alexis Reich) – eighth.
Food Science (Epiphany Knedler, Alexis Reich) – sixth.
Heredity (Nick Britten, Clayton Larsen) – second.
Meteorology (Jennifer Jurgensen, Megan Schliesman) – sixth.
Metric Mastery (Bryant Yang, Tyler Rosacker) – seventh.
Oceanography (Jennifer Jurgensen, Mathia Shumaker) – second.
Road Scholar (Tyler Rosacker) – third.
Rocks and Minerals (Mathia Shumaker, Megan Schliesman) – second.
Science Crime Busters (Kelsey Meadows, Calvin Prinsen) – sixth.
Science World (Bryant Yang, Tyler Rosacker) – second.
Simple Machines (Jennifer Jurgensen, Clayton Larsen) – sixth.
Solar System (Epiphany Knedler, Alexis Reich) – fifth.
Storm the Castle (Nick Britten, Clayton Larsen) – fifth.
Tower Building (Elly Miiller, Calvin Prinsen) – eighth.
Wheeled Vehicle (Kelsey Meadows, Bryant Yang) – fourth.
Write It, Do It (Robyn Axtell, Megan Schliesman) – seventh.