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Missouri
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General Information
Member of SO since 1987
Total teams 147 (Increase 2.8% 2022 to 2023)
Division B Champion Pembroke Hill Middle School
Division C Champion Ladue Horton Watkins High School
State Tournament Location Missouri State University, Springfield
Website www.missouriso.org/home

Missouri is a state with a long history of participation in Science Olympiad, having hosted teams since 1987.

History

Missouri has sent teams to the National Tournament since 1987, with Pembroke Hill Middle School representing the state in Division B. Ladue Horton Watkins High School would receive their first bid the following year in 1988. Though Oak Park High School and Plattsburg Junior High School would see a fair bit of dominance in the 1990s and early 2000s, Ladue and Pembroke Hill have been dominant in the state through its entire history.

The state sent two teams from each division to the National Tournament from 1989 to 2017, with the state losing one bid in both divisions for the 2018 season. However, during the 2021 season, the state regained its second bid in Division B. Starting from that season, Missouri sends two Division B teams and one Division C team to the National Tournament. In 2023, Idaho and South Dakota gave up their bids to the 2023 National Tournament, which allowed Missouri to send a second team in both divisions.

Missouri teams in Division B tend to fare well at the National Tournament, often netting top-20 finishes. The best finish from a Missouri team in Division B was New Mark Middle School's 5th place finish at the 2000 National Tournament, and the most recent top 10 finish from a Missouri team in Division B was Ladue Middle School's 8th place finish at the 2014 National Tournament. Ladue won the Corteva Enterprise Award with their 11th place finish at the 2019 National Tournament (after not attending in 2018), but their performance still wasn't enough to break into the top 10.

In Division C, Missouri typically sees lower average placements at the National Tournament than Division B with Division C teams typically placing in the mid-20s or low 30s. The best finish from a Missouri Team in Division C was Pembroke Hill High School's 3rd place finish at the 1996 National Tournament, and the most recent top 10 finish from a Missouri team in Division C was Oak Park High School's 5th place at the 2001 National Tournament.

Missouri has sent two teams from each division to the National Tournament from 1989 to 2017, with the state losing one bid in both divisions for the 2018 season. However, during the 2021 season, Missouri regained its second bid in Division B. Starting from that season, Missouri sends two Division B teams and one Division C team to the National Tournament. In 2023, Idaho and South Dakota gave up their bids to the 2023 National Tournament, which allowed Missouri to send a second team in both divisions.

The Missouri State Tournament is currently hosted at Missouri State University in Springfield, the same host as the Southwest Missouri Regional. From 2015 to 2020, the state tournament was to be held at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. In 2021 the tournament was online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though in 2022 Missouri State University was able to host its first in-person state tournament. Prior to 2015, the state tournament was hosted at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

Missouri has only hosted the national tournament once--the 1991 National Tournament was held at Penn Valley Community College (now known as Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley) in Kansas City, MO.

Past State Champions

This is a record of the past state champions and runners up, and their respective places at the national competition. Scores at the state competition may be shown in parentheses.

Season Division B Division C
Champion Runner-Up Third Place Champion Runner-Up Third Place
Team Nats Place Team Nats Place Team Team Nats Place Team Nats Place Team
1987 Pembroke Hill Middle School 30th
1988 Pembroke Hill Middle School 19th Ladue Horton Watkins High School 41st
1989 Plattsburg Junior High School 36th Oak Park High School 7th Hickman High School 12th
1990 Plattsburg Junior High School 9th Ladue Horton Watkins High School 23rd Pembroke Hill High School 26th
1991 Plattsburg Junior High School 10th Excelsior Springs School 12th Pembroke Hill High School 6th Oak Park High School 14th
1992 Plattsburg Junior High School 9th Excelsior Springs School 16th Pembroke Hill High School 11th Ladue Horton Watkins High School 23rd
1993 Ladue Middle School 13th Plattsburg Junior High School 16th Oak Park High School 7th Pembroke Hill High School 29th
1994 Ladue Middle School 15th New Mark Middle School 27th Oak Park High School 21st Pembroke Hill High School 30th
1995 Ladue Middle School 13th Crestview Middle School 31st Pembroke Hill High School 11th Oak Park High School 18th
1996 Ladue Middle School 11th Plattsburg Junior High School 25th Pembroke Hill High School 3rd Oak Park High School 12th
1997 Plattsburg Junior High 30th New Mark Middle School 34th Oak Park High School 8th Pembroke High School 16th
1998 New Mark Middle School 9th Ladue Middle School 12th Pembroke Hill High School 16th Oak Park High School 20th
1999 Plattsburg Junior High 7th Ladue Middle School 15th Oak Park High School 15th Pembroke Hill High School 16th
2000 New Mark Middle School 5th Ladue Middle School 19th Oak Park High School 16th Pembroke Hill High School 18th
2001 Ladue Middle School 22nd Plattsburg Junior High 25th Oak Park High School 5th Plattsburg High School 41st
2002 New Mark Middle School 15th Ladue Middle School 22nd Oak Park High School 11th Pembroke Hill High School 29th
2003 Ladue Middle School 19th Summit Lakes Middle School 32nd Pembroke Hill High School 17th Oak Park High School 15th
2004 Plattsburg Junior High 23rd Ladue Middle School 28th Oak Park High School 18th Pembroke Hill High School 25th
2005 Ladue Middle School 7th Summit Lakes Middle School 32nd Pembroke Hill High School 17th Oak Park High School 18th
2006 Ladue Middle School 14th Pembroke Hill Middle School 15th Oak Park High School 26th Pembroke Hill High School 29th
2007 Pembroke Hill Middle School 16th Ladue Middle School T-17th Pembroke Hill High School 24th Oak Park High School 27th
2008 Pembroke Hill Middle School 12th Summit Lakes Middle School 27th Ladue Horton Watkins High School 16th Oak Park High School 24th
2009 Pembroke Hill Middle School (105) 13th Ladue Middle School (111) 26th Ladue Horton Watkins High School (110) 25th Pembroke Hill High School (161) 35th
2010 Ladue Middle School (93) 11th Pembroke Hill Middle School (132) 22nd Ladue Horton Watkins High School (129) 21st Pembroke Hill High School (130) 27th
2011 Pembroke Hill Middle School (95) 9th Ladue Middle School (147) 27th Ladue Horton Watkins High School (96) 25th Pembroke Hill High School (101) 34th
2012 Ladue Middle School (70) 22nd Pembroke Hill Middle School (71) 18th Pembroke Hill High School (57) 26th Ladue Horton Watkins High School (90) 19th
2013 Ladue Middle School (79) 22nd Pembroke Hill Middle School (101) 19th Ladue Horton Watkins High School (100) 32nd Pembroke Hill High School (118) 34th
2014 Ladue Middle School (62) 8th Pembroke Hill Middle School (66) 13th Pembroke Hill High School (132) 28th Ladue Horton Watkins High School (142) 39th
2015 Ladue Middle School (59) 13th Pembroke Hill Middle School (67) 15th Wydown Middle School (195) Pembroke Hill High School (87) 33rd Ladue Horton Watkins High School (122) 38th John Burroughs School (129)
2016 Ladue Middle School (72) 14th Pembroke Hill Middle School (108) 27th Wydown Middle School (167) Ladue Horton Watkins High School (93) 21st Pembroke Hill High School (97) 26th John Burroughs School (139)
2017 Ladue Middle School (65) 14th Wydown Middle School (103) 33rd Pembroke Hill Middle School (104) Ladue Horton Watkins High School (60) 11th Pembroke Hill High School (104) 23rd Rock Bridge High School (168)
2018 Pembroke Hill Middle School (69) 22nd Ladue Middle School (70) N/A Wydown Middle School (115) Pembroke Hill High School (61) 19th Ladue Horton Watkins High School (74) N/A John Burroughs School (167)
2019 Ladue Middle School (69) 11th Wydown Middle School (117) N/A Pembroke Hill Middle School (139) Pembroke Hill High School (82) 24th Ladue Horton Watkins High School (94) N/A Clayton High School (161)
2020 Cancelled due to the 2019-20 Coronavirus outbreak
2021 Ladue Middle School (23) 13th Pembroke Hill Middle School (50) 37th Central Middle School (67) Ladue Horton Watkins High School (28) 22nd Pembroke Hill High School (51) N/A Clayton High School (74)
2022 Ladue Middle School (53) 19th Pembroke Hill Middle School (58) 25th Wydown Middle School (139) Pembroke Hill High School (95) 31st Ladue Horton Watkins High School (101) N/A Clayton High School (158)
2023 Pembroke Hill Middle School (59) 16th Ladue Middle School (69) 14th Wydown Middle School (136) Ladue Horton Watkins High School (67) 22nd Pembroke Hill High School (101) 35th Lindbergh High School (191)


Competitions

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NameTypeDateDivisionFormat
Pembroke Hill InvitationalInvitational2023-01-07CIn-person
Northwest Missouri RegionalRegional2023-02-25B/CIn-person
Northeast Missouri RegionalRegional2023-03-04B/CIn-person
Kansas City Area RegionalRegional2023-02-18B/CIn-person
West Central Missouri RegionalRegional2023-02-18B/CIn-person
Central Missouri RegionalRegional2023-02-25B/CIn-person
St. Louis Area RegionalRegional2023-02-11BIn-person
St. Louis Area RegionalRegional2023-01-21CIn-person
Southwest Missouri RegionalRegional2023-02-18B/CIn-person
Southeast Missouri RegionalRegional2023-02-18B/CIn-person
2023 Missouri State TournamentState2023-04-01B/CIn-person

Results

2000 B/C
2003 (Top 10) B/C
2006 B/C
2011 C
2015 B/C
2016 B/C
2017 B/C
2018 B/C
2019 B/C
2021 B/C
2022 B/C
2023 B/C

Teams

The following list reflects team registration in the 2022-2023 season. Schools in bold have qualified for the National Tournament in the past five years.

Region Participating Schools: Division B Participating Schools: Division C Inactive Teams
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Region 1: Northwest Missouri

Major cities: St. Joseph

Tournament Sites:

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville
King City Junior High School
Pattonsburg Junior High School
Princeton Junior High School
South Harrison Middle School
Southwest Livingston Junior High School
Stanberry Junior High School
King City High School
Maysville High School
Northeast Nodaway High School
Pattonsburg High School
Princeton High School
South Harrison High School
Southwest Livingston High School
Stanberry High School
Chillicothe Middle School
Missouri Academy
Robidoux Middle School
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Region 2: Northeast Missouri

Major cities: Hannibal, Kirksville

Tournament Site:

Truman State University, Kirksville
Atlanta Junior High School
Brookfield Middle School
Canton Junior High School
Linn County Junior High School
Macon County R-IV Middle School
Palmyra Middle School
Atlanta High School
Brookfield High School
Canton High School
Kirksville High School
Macon High School
Marceline High School
Moberly High School
Palmyra High School
Salisbury High School
Brunswick Junior High School
Brunswick High School
Hannibal Middle School
Linn County High School
Marceline Middle School
Mary Immaculate Middle School
Milan High School
Moberly Middle School
Northeast R-IV High School
Smithton Middle School
William Matthew Middle School
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Region 3: Kansas City Metropolitan Area

Tournament Site:

William Jewell College, Liberty
Barry School
Excelsior Springs Middle School
Frontier School of Innovation
Kearney Middle School
Lathrop Middle School
Pembroke Hill Middle School
Plattsburg Middle School
Richmond Middle School
St. Paul's Episcopal Day School
Braymer High School
Kearney High School
North Kansas City High School
Oak Park High School
Pembroke Hill High School
Platte County High School
Plattsburg High School
St. Teresa's Academy
Staley High School
Whitefield Christian Academy
Winnetonka High School
Northland Christian High School
Excelsior Springs High School
Lexington Middle School
Oak Grove Middle School
Platte City Middle School
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Region 4: West Central Missouri

Major cities: Sedalia, Warrensburg

Tournament Site:

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg
Clinton Middle School
Concordia Junior High School
Harrisonville Middle School
Holden Middle School
Hume Middle School
Laura Speed Elliott Middle School
Rich Hill Junior High School
Warrensburg Middle School
Boonville High School
Cole Camp High School
Concordia High School
Holden High School
Hume High School
Lafayette County High School
Rich Hill High School
Warrensburg High School
Carrollton Middle School
Hale Junior High School
Hale High School
Lafayette County Middle School
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Region 5: Central Missouri

Major cities: Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla

Tournament Site:

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla
Columbia Independent School
Cuba Middle School
Gentry Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
John Warner Middle School
Rolla Middle School
Smithton Middle School
Steelville Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Battle High School
Cuba High School
Hickman High School
Rock Bridge High School
Waynesville High School
Lebanon High School
Rolla High School
St. Patrick School
Union Middle School
West Middle School
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Region 6: St. Louis Metropolitan Area

Tournament Sites:

Lindenwood University, St. Charles
Franklin County Junior High School
Ladue Middle School
McKinley Classical Junior Academy
Parkway Central Middle School
Sperreng Middle School
Union Middle School
Wydown Middle School
Clayton High School
Duchesne High School
John Burroughs School
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Lindbergh High School
Marquette High School
Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Parkway Central High School
Union High School
Parkway Northeast Middle School
Parkway West Middle School
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill High School
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Region 7: Southwest Missouri

Major cities: Joplin, Springfield, Branson

Tournament Site:

Missouri State University, Springfield
Carver Middle School
Central Middle School
Greenwood Lab Middle School
Immaculate Conception Middle School
Pipkin Middle School
St. Agnes Middle School
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
Taneyville Middle School
Carthage High School
Central High School
Glendale High School
Greenwood Lab High School
Kickapoo High School
Monett High School
Ozark High School
Parkview High School
Springfield Catholic High School
Willard High School
Cherokee Middle School
Fordland Middle School
Hickory Hills Middle School
Jarrett Middle School
Joplin High School
Lutie High School
Mountain Grove Middle School
Ozark Middle School
Pershing Middle School
The Summit Preparatory School
Webb City High School
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Region 8: Southeast Missouri

Major cities: Sikeston, Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff

Tournament Site:

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau
Arcadia Valley Middle School
East Prairie Junior High School
Chaffee High School
East Prairie High School
Sikeston High School
Fredericktown High School
New Madrid County Central High School
Scott City High School
Sikeston Junior High School

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