Badger Invitational

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Badger Invitational
General Information
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Hamilton Middle School is located in Wisconsin
Hamilton Middle School
Hamilton Middle School
Coordinates: 43°04′23″N 89°24′04″W / 43.0731°N 89.4012°W / 43.0731; -89.4012
Year started2012, 2018, 2024
Total teams31
DivisionB/C
DateFebruary 10, 2024
Division B Results
1st Daniel Wright Junior High School 47
2nd Hamilton Middle School 132
3rd Hawthorne Middle School North 230
Division C Results
1st Marquette University High School 58
2nd Menomonie High School 73
3rd Madison West High School 171


The Badger Invitational is an Invitational hosted at Hamilton Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, with the help of Madison West High School. It is a Division B and C invitational which does not require attending teams to provide tests. It typically draws teams from around Wisconsin as well as Illinois and Minnesota, but has seen teams attending from as far as Iowa and South Dakota. Due to COVID, the invite was not run in 2022 or 2023, but will resume in 2024.


History

From 2012 to 2014, the UW-Madison Invitational was the primary Science Olympiad invitational in Madison. As well as the name UW-Madison Invitational, the competition would be known as the Badger Invitational at times. Teams would come from surrounding states to attend this invitational, but it was unfortunately cut short due to an elimination of funding from the UW-Madison College of Engineering. The idea of a Science Olympiad invitational in Madison lay dormant for the next three years.


On a classic Wisconsin winter day in early 2016, the Hamilton Middle School team was gathered at their school, ready to board their bus to the Grayslake Invitational. The team was left confused when the bus they needed to get there did not show up for one hour, then two hours, until they eventually could not reasonably attend the competition. A call to the bus company revealed a clerical error: The bus company thought Hamilton needed a bus at 5:00 PM, when they had actually ordered one for 5:00 AM.


With Hamilton already having paid to attend the competition, the Grayslake Invitational made an offer: They would send the tests to Madison for one team to take. Hamilton would take the tests and send the scores to Grayslake, and they would return event placements and any of the appropriate medals they had left over. Hamilton took the offer, and thus started the first competition run at the school. With a full schedule and mock awards ceremony, the Hamilton team completed their tests. While their scores did not count for the official results of the invitational, it gave them experience in running a competition. The next year, the Hamilton In-House, a planned internal competition similar in style to an actual invitational was run in preparation for the grand opening in 2018.


In 2018, Hamilton and West announced the opening of the second iteration of the Badger Invitational. The debut competition was a rousing success, with teams from all over Wisconsin and Illinois traveling to Madison to attend. Appropriately, both host schools took first place in their divisions. This paved the way for four years of uninterrupted Badger Invitational, which by the end had begun to attract some of the area's top schools. In 2021, a Satellite version of Badger was run, which attracted over 100 teams from all over the Midwest to compete. Unfortunately, due to the lapse of hosting and the effects of COVID on the program, Badger was placed on hiatus for the following two years.


At the end of the 2023 season, preparation began on the third iteration of the Badger Invitational. The focus was shifted to getting tests from independent writers to lessen the burden on attending teams. Once writers were lined up, it became possible to announce the 2024 Badger Invitational, which took place on February 10, 2024. A highly successful 2024 tournament led to the renewal of the tournament for its next iteration in 2025.

Results

Division B

Division B Results
Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place Date Teams
2018 Hamilton Middle School (39) Waunakee Middle School (140) Platteville Middle School (176) Rockford Christian Middle School (185) Lake Country School (218) 2/24/2018 15
2019 Hamilton Middle School (44) Daniel Wright Junior High School (46) Science and Arts Academy (69) Hawthorn Middle School North (102) Fox Valley Homeschoolers (119) 23
2020 Hamilton Middle School (33) Daniel Wright Junior High School (37) Rockford Christian Middle School (100) Waunakee Middle School (124) Wachter Middle School (130) 2/29/2020 27
2021 Daniel Wright Junior High School (47) Hamilton Middle School (132) Hawthorne Middle School North (230) Kennedy Middle School (234) Bell Elementary School (337) 2/27/2021 57
2024 Hamilton Middle School (40) Rockford Christian Middle School (57) Platteville Middle School (74) Waunakee Middle School (98) JC McKenna Middle School (103) 2/10/2024 15


Division C

Division C Results
Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place Date Teams
2018 Madison West High School (69) Marquette University High School (84) Belleville High School (192) Platteville High School (214) Rockford Christian High School (235) 2/24/2018 15
2019 Madison West High School (23) Eastview High School (61) Belleville High School (81) Marquette University High School (116) Rockford Christian High School (150) 17
2020 Madison West High School (31) Lake Central High School (67) Belleville High School (72) Prairie School (86) Evansville High School (151) 2/29/2020 21
2021 Marquette University High School (58) Menomonie High School (73) Madison West High School (171) Lake Forest Academy (197) Vernon Hills High School (215) 2/27/2021 62
2024 Madison West High School (46) Slinger High School (66) Rockford Christian High School (98) Belleville High School (100) Kohler High School (139) 2/10/2024 19


Tournament Scoresheets

Division B

2018
2019
2020

Division C

2018
2019
2020

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