Blue Valley North High School
|Blue Valley North High School at a glance|
|Member of SO since||2017|
|Best finish, regionals||1st (2017, 2018)|
|Best finish, state||1st (2018, 2019)|
|Best finish, nationals||31st (2019)|
Blue Valley North High School is located in Overland Park, in the Northeast region of Kansas. The team was founded in October of 2016 and officially registered with the state of Kansas on October 17, 2016, hosting its first meeting on October 20, 2016. In their second season, they qualified for the 2018 National Tournament after winning the State tournament with a score of 60 points, currently the state record. They again qualified for the 2019 National Tournament, winning State with 69 points. Blue Valley North has two middle schools that feed into it: Leawood Middle School and Overland Trail Middle School.
Blue Valley North's Science Olympiad team was founded primarily by SOnerd during her sophomore year. The lack of a SciOly program at BVN was rather puzzling as one of its two feeder schools, Leawood Middle School, was a regional powerhouse. The team was established in 2016 and since then has been entirely student-run.
Blue Valley North quickly became friendly rivals with Olathe North High School, an extension on the old rivalry between Leawood Middle School and California Trail Middle School. In the 2018 season, BVN claimed the state record with 60 points and ended Olathe North's 6-year long winning streak.
Membership at BVN has remained fairly constant during its 4 years of existence, typically hovering between 40 and 50 students. The team's performance, however, fluctuates substantially throughout the season, with point values soaring and plummeting all over the place.
Official Tournament Results
|2019||2nd (74)||1st (69)||31st (773)|
|2018||1st (56)||1st (60)||33rd (752)|
|2017||1st (74)||2nd (116)||-|
|Year||O-Town||ThunderKat Klash||Pembroke Hill||Northland||Warrensburg|
|2020||5th (171)||-||4th (151)||-||-|
|2019||3rd (110)||3rd (101)||5th (142)||3rd (82)||2nd (113)|
|2018||4th (115)||5th (150)||2nd (97)||3rd (103)||3rd (98)|
|2017||6th (209)||-||-||4th (230)||7th (214)|
The 2020 Season had a lack of invitationals, with both the Northland and Warrensburg being canceled and the ThunderKat Klash being delayed until after Regionals. Fortunately, fellow Northeast KS competitor and rival of BVN Olathe North hosted the informal Eagles Mini-Tournament on 8 February in lieu of the canceled Warrensburg Invitational.
2019-2020 Season Results
* Was incorrectly recorded on the final results, should actually have been 11th place
The 2019 season started just like any other. Following trends much like the past two years, they consistently placed in the top 5 through most of the pre-State season. They again managed to swoop in and pick up first place at State, allowing them to progress on to Nationals for the second time. While they didn't beat their record of 60 points, they did place 31st at Nationals, two ranks higher, albeit with 21 more points. Additionally, they had medalists in Herpetology (1st Place) and Dynamic Planet (6th Place).
2018-2019 Season Results
* Not counted towards final score.
The 2018 season started fairly strong, showing promising performance which was better than the 2017 season. The program had also gained more traction within the school. They attended two more invitationals and placed better in the three that they returned to. At Regionals, the once again placed 1st. While the previous year would suggest another slim loss (116 points versus 107 points from the 1st place team), Blue Valley North won overwhelmingly at State, beating the 2nd place team by 57 points and setting a new state record for score: 60 points. At Nationals, as per usual for Kansas teams, BVN was in the middle of the pack at 33rd place. However, they did medal in one event, Herpetology.
2017-2018 Season Results
* Not counted towards final score.
On November 19, 2016, BVN competed at its first competition - the O-Town Throwdown invitational - and finished 6th with a score of 209 points, winning 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals. At its next competition, the Northland invitational, BVN finished 4th with a score of 230 points. At the Warrensburg invitational, BVN finished 7th with a score of 214 points. At the NE KS Regional tournament, BVN finished 1st with a score of 74 points. At the Kansas State tournament, BVN finished 2nd overall with a score of 116 points.
2016-2017 Season Results
PikaPikaChu (2018-2020) (Capt. 2019, 2020)
Brian.G (2019, 2020)
HugoTroop (2018-2020) (Capt. 2020)
SOnerd (2017-2019) (Capt. 2017-2019)
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