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Jamestown advances to state Academic Olympics

In just its second year of competing, Jamestown High School is heading to the state Academic Olympics competition after winning third place Tuesday at the Western Dakota Association regionals.

In just its second year of competing, Jamestown High School is heading to the state Academic Olympics competition after winning third place Tuesday at the Western Dakota Association regionals.

“We just kind threw it together,” said Marchel Krieger, head coach and JHS social studies teacher. “We took some kids who know a little bit about science, literature, math and current events to see what they can do.”

The six junior and senior students who participated were Ligia Schulz, Braden Sherfy, Alex Bennett, Kassi Manley, Colton Carlson and Julia Shirley.

The Jamestown team’s combined knowledge put the team over Minot High School and Century High School in Bismarck by one point to take third.

Bismarck High School won first place followed by Legacy High School in Bismarck, Krieger said. The three teams will compete with other regional winners at the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals State Academic Olympics Competition Monday, April 10, at Bismarck State College in Bismarck.

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The rules allow for six team members and two alternates to switch out when needed for a particular area of expertise, Krieger said.

The team took fourth place in 2016 and missed advancing to state by one position in its first year. The 2017 competition was organized a little different, he said, with rules that deduct points for spelling and improper math structuring.

The students had 60 minutes to answer math problems that ranged from algebra to calculus and trigonometry. There were also questions in English, science, social studies and current events.

“It was exciting and the kids had fun with it,” Krieger said. “There were tough questions.”

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