First place trophy at the Dakota Challenge went to the Bowdle team. Students are, back row, left to right, Aaron Bieber, Seth Daede, Lexi Bishop, Heidi Stiklestad, Levi Borchert and Payton Eisenbeisz; front, Tanner Frickson, Colton Thomas, Howard Oxner, JT Brockel, Regan Bieber, McKlay Pettigrew, Isabelle Bieber and Brittney Frickson. Team Advisors are Seventh and Eighth Grade Teacher Mr. Gereau on the left and Sixth Grade Teacher Mr. Cheskey on the right. Students from second through eighth grades were challenged at the Zeeland Public School on Wed., March 27, at the annual Dakota Challenge Geography and Social Studies Competition.
School teams were from Zeeland, Strasburg and Linton in North Dakota and Herreid and Bowdle in South Dakota.
Fourteen students from each school competed in oral and written tests, tackling difficult questions and demonstrating their academic skills.
A new segment was added to this year’s contest. The Final Dakota Challenge, similar to the final round of Jeopardy, gave the teams an opportunity to wager up to 10 percent of the total value of points their school accumulated for the final Dakota Challenge question. Two students from each school represented their team and were given the category of “Tennessee.” Teams placed their wager and were given two minutes to answer: Tennessee is the state that has the most neighboring states of any other in the United States. How many states touch the state of Tennessee?
Herreid students took home the second place trophy. Team members are, back row, left to right, Micah Schaefbauer, Logan Schaefbauer, Karson Vander Vorst, Kayloni Bentz, Justin Goetz, Julie Fuchs and Clayton Randall; front, Trevor Sayler, Daniel Jones, Luke Renner, Chase Gilmore, Isabelle Kooker, Cheyenne Wurtz and Nicole Ochsner. Team Advisors are Mrs. DeeAnn Ritter on the left and Mrs. April Madden on the right. Prior to the final question, Herreid was in first place. With their wager at 21 points, Bowdle Public School won the first place trophy. Bowdle was also given the opportunity of adding bonus points by naming the eight states. They were able to name seven of the eight.
Taking third place was Linton School. Students representing the Linton team are, back row, left to right, Jack McCrory, Cole Vander Laan, Riley Mattheis, Vanessa Volk, Sydney Blum, Ethan Tschosik and Caleb Blaze; front, Logan Barnes, Paul McCrory, Kimberly Gefroh, Kylee Gartner, Bailey Hulm, Derek Vetter and Wyatt Schwab. Team Advisors are Middle School Teacher Mr. Tad Larson on the left and Fifth Grade Teacher Mrs. Carol Ogren on the right. Beautiful trophies were presented in a ceremony as faculty, family and friends gathered for the day’s event. Bowdle’s team took first place with 434 points, Herreid took second place with 428 points, Linton took third with 383 points, Zeeland took fourth place with 331 points and Strasburg took fifth place with 319 points.
Zeeland, the host school, took fourth place. Students representing Zeeland School are, back row, left to right, Jacob Ebel, Jordan Pfeifer, Shyla Haak, John Ebel, Tiffany Meier, Jay Salazar, Joshua Krumm and Nicholas Wolf; front, Ozzy Brandner, Aaron Meier, Loren Wolf, Cole Magur, Kenneth Keller and Xavier Volk. Team Advisors are Elementary Principal Mr. LaDean Hettich on the left and History Teacher Mr. Robert Sutton on the right. Individual winners in each grade division received a medallion in either bronze, silver or gold. Every participant was awarded a pin for their accomplishments during the event.
Placing fifth was the Strasburg Team. Students participating at the Dakota Challenge from Strasburg are, back row, left to right, Alex (AJ) Vander Vorste, Savannah Rohrich, Victorya Dykema, Taylor Krumm, Adam Hulm, Alex Scherr and Hunter Haak; front, Jordan Huizenga, Lilly Haak, Mary Huber, Miranda Huber, Logan Hulm, Delson Droog and Holden Droog. Team Advisors are, on the left, Fourth Grade Teacher Mr. Josh Keller, and on the right, High School Principal Mr. Robert Bubach.
Individual first place gold winners are, left to right, 2nd grader Derek Vetter, 4th grader Caleb Blaze and 7th grader Jack McCrory from Linton; 6th grader Shyla Haak from Zeeland; 8th grader Regan Bieber from Bowdle; 5th grader Bailey Hulm from Linton, and 3rd grader Daniel Jones from Herreid.
Individual second place silver winners are, left to right, 2nd grader Cheyenne Wurtz from Herreid; 4th grader Kylee Gartner from Linton; 5th grader Jordan Huizenga, 8th grader Taylor Krumm and 7th grader Adam Hulm from Strasburg; 6th grader McKlay Pettigrew from Bowdle, and 3rd grader Mary Huber from Strasburg.
Individual third place bronze winners are, left to right, 4th grader Isabelle Kooker from Herreid; 6th grader Ethan Tschosik from Linton; 8th grader Julie Fuchs and 7th grader Micah Schaefbauer from Herreid; 5th grader Lexi Bishop and 3rd grader JT Brockel from Bowdle, and 2nd grader Xavier Volk from Zeeland.