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Update on the National Tournament.
On April 28 Missouri was notified that one of the qualifying teams from another state had declined their division C invitation to the national tournament. The national office contacted each state that qualified one team to the national tournament to invite their second place team to the competiton. The states were contacted in order of number of teams that participated. When Missouri was contacted with the invitation, our second place division C team, accepted. We extend our congratulations to Pembroke Hill Upper School which will also be representing Missouri at the National Competition in Wichita. Missouri is proud to be able to send two division B and division C teams to the national competition.
Congratulations to the teams that will be representing Missouri at the Science Olympiad National Tournament in Wichita:
Pembroke Hill Middle School
Ladue Middle School
Ladue High School
Pembroke Hill High School
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Greg got his start in Science Olympiad as a grad assistant at the University of South Dakota where he helped Dr. Paul Otto run the South Dakota State Science Olympiad Tournament. After leaving South Dakota, his first job was in Plattsburg, MO at Plattsburg High School. Unlike Plattsburg Middle School, the high school did not have a Science Olympiad team, a fact that Greg changed by starting the school's first Science Olympiad team. In that first year, five students made the trek to the regional tournament and promptly took last place. Despite the ranking, the SO bug bit the students at the high school and with a lot of work (and help from Mrs. S.) the program began to flourish. The high point of the Science Olympiad program at the high school (enrollment of 250) was 2001 when Plattsburg High School earned the right to help represent Missouri at the Science Olympiad National Tournament in Colorado Springs. Following his tenure at Plattsburg, Greg traveled to Oak Park High School where he coached with one of the greats in Missouri, Dr. Lario Yerino. Now retired from public school teaching, Greg took on a second career as a private school teacher and is still happily spending his time as the Science Olympiad state director.