Our Lady of Mercy School’s Science Olympiad Team, made up of 19 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, earned five medals including two gold in the middle school division at the RI State Science Olympiad Competition at Rhode Island College on Saturday, April 1. Out of 24 teams, OLM finished in the top 10 or higher in 14 of the 22 events. Points are awarded based on the teams’ finish in each event. The team finished ninth out of 24 teams.

Led by OLM Middle School Science Teacher Dr. Deborah Husak, the team has been preparing since the fall under the additional guidance of OLM parents and friends who volunteered their time as coaches. The 2017 OLM Team members included 8th grader Casey McQuesten (Exeter); 7th graders Aidan Skidds (Exeter), Bryan Hong (Warwick) , Colin Butera (East Greenwich), Jake Rademacher (Warwick), Patrick Torres (North Kingstown), Santino Izzi (North Kingstown) and Yaduvir Mangray (Warwick) and 6th grader Deirdre Stockdill (Warwick), Jack Ciunci (East Greenwich), Jayci Izzi (North Kingstown), Luke Simms (East Greeenwich), Maddie Laviolette (North Kingstown), Thomas Simonetti (East Greenwich), Sophie Brunner (Warwick) and Emma van Meeteren (East Greenwich)

OLM Science Olympiad Medal Winners included:


Mission Possible (Santino Izzi & Yaduvir Mangray)

Ornithology (Sophie Brunner & Emma Van Meeteren)


Anatomy and Physiology (Jack Ciunci & Patrick Torres)

Bottle Rocket (Colin Butera & Maddie Laviolette)


Scrambler (Colin Butera & Casey McQuesten)

Experimental Design (Santino Izzi & Jake Rademacher)

In 12 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. The team has also placed second four times, in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2016.

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.