Our Lady of Mercy School’s Science Olympiad Team, made up of 19 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, placed second in the middle school division at the RI State Science Olympiad Competition at Rhode Island College on Saturday, April 9.

After a two year hiatus from the competition, OLM students proved they remain a force to be reckoned with, tallying 4 gold medals and 3 bronze. Out of 24 teams, OLM finished in the top 10 or higher in 19 of the 22 events. Points are awarded based on the teams’ finish in each of the 22 events.

Gold Medal Winners included:
Mission Possible (Grace Pelletier & Tim Moren)
Disease Detective (Maddie Knudson & Ishita Rai)
Green Generation (Tim Moren & Ben Kane)
Scrambler (Collin Caldwell & Casey McQuesten)

Bronze Medal Winners:
Experimental Design (Susie Mueller, Tim Moren & Ben Kane)
Anatomy & Physiology (Susie Mueller & Brooke Mattos)
Bridge Building (Casey McQuesten & Mike Hanlon)

Our other Top 5 Finishes:
Dynamic Planet (Mae Legare & Casey McQuesten)
Food Science (Maddie Knudson & Ishita Rai)
Bottle Rocket (Miguel Torres & Collin Caldwell)
Write It Do It (Collin Caldwell & Miguel Torres)

The other team members: Elliana Spagnolo, Elyse Yanusas, Tori Cannon, Kelly Gallagher, Bryan Hong, Eric Tanionos and Colin Butera

In 11 years of competing with a full team in the state Science Olympiad, OLM has earned a reputation as one of the top teams in the state. They have won six state titles, including four consecutive from 2006-2009, and back to back titles in 2012 and 2013. This is the team’s fourth second place finish, with the others coming in 2004, 2005 and 2010. Several OLM parents and friends volunteered their time as coaches, helping prepare the students with weekly meetings and study sessions, beginning in the fall.

With a tradition of excellence in Catholic elementary and middle school education since 1951, Our Lady of Mercy School offers its students an opportunity to pursue excellence in academics, athletics and the arts on their journey as young saints and scholars. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Pre-K through Grade 8, co-educational Catholic school located in East Greenwich provides a nurturing, values-driven environment built upon the teachings of the Catholic Church.