March 7 had the Plevna Junior High Academic Olympics Teams, advisor Mrs. Sparks and Mrs. May traveling to Miles City to partake in their competitions. The High School Academic Olympics competitors participated in their event the next day, March 8, accompanied by advisor Mrs. Sparks and Mr. Ivester. During the morning hours, individual participants completed a 100-question test. These questions could revolve around math, science, history, English, and any general knowledge topics. Following this test, the groups ventured to a tasty lunch at Wendy’s. Full after their meal, the crew returned to Miles Community College where they would then compete in the Oral Rounds. Teams of five participants compete in a double elimination bracket tournament. They compete back and forth over the course of ten toss-up questions before a winner is announced. The teams compete throughout the tournaments until the first four placings are found. Following the Oral Competitions, students eagerly awaited the news of their placings. They then loaded back into the expeditions, stopped at Dairy Queen for a sweet treat, and headed back home.
For junior high, Team A placed seventh in the Oral Round and seventh on the Written Test out of 18 teams. Samuel May, Jordan Paul, Leona May, Jackson Robertus and Corbin Buerkle represented the school on Team A. Sixth grade division found Corbin Buerkle placing 6th (medal), Liam Lane – 3rd (medal), Chaes Oberlander – 4th (ribbon), Johnny Miller – 5th (ribbon), and Tayvn Buerkle 6th (ribbon). Seventh graders had Leona May placing 9th (ribbon) and Jackson Robertus – 13th. For the eighth grade Written Test division, Samuel May snatched 13th and Jordan Paul – 14th. Team B consisted of Kaeden Oberlander, Blaine Weston, Liam Lane, Johnny Miller and Tayvn Buerkle.
In the high school division, Plevna Team A placed first in the oral competition out of 21 teams! Following a tie with Broadus after ten rounds, Plevna took the win in a Sudden Death question answered by Jaeda Paul! Team A members Jaeda Paul, Nick Buerkle, Gyme Kelly, Trae Oberlander and Weston Buerkle each took home medals and the group won the traveling trophy. Team B members included Ruilin Li, Tylee Rieger, Billie Jo Miller, Isaac Kelly and Turk Rieger. For the Written Test Team Competition, Plevna A placed 5th and Plevna B placed 12th out of 21 teams. For the ninth grade individual written scores, Isaac Kelly placed 8th (ribbon), Turk Rieger – 14th, and Weston Buerkle – 15th. In 10th Grade, Trae Oberlander placed 8th (ribbon) while Billie Jo Miller had 10th. For the eleventh grade division, Gyme Kelly took 6th (ribbon) and Tylee Rieger – 15th. Lastly in the twelfth grade, Jaeda Paul won first (ribbon, medal, and a $500 scholarship), Ruilin Li – fifth (ribbon) and Nick Buerkle eighth (ribbon). Jaeda Paul snatched the honor of the Top Overall Scorer on the Written Test for the second year a row and won the plaque for this award too! Congratulations Plevna competitors on your successful days of hard work!