Our Lady of Mercy School’s Science Olympiad Team, made up of 16 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, placed fourth in the state at the RI State Science Olympiad Competition at Rhode Island College on Saturday, April 21. With medals in three events, including two golds, OLM finished in the top 10 or higher in 17 of the 22 events, with 25 teams competing. Points are awarded based on the teams’ finish in each event.

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.  According to Dr. Husak, “one our many strengths was that we were able to compete in every event thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of our students and coaches.”

The 2018 OLM Team members included 8th graders Aidan Skidds (Exeter), Bryan Hong (Warwick) , Colin Butera (East Greenwich), Jake Rademacher (Warwick),  Patrick Torres (North Kingstown), Santino Izzi (North Kingstown), Ryan Youngs (East Greenwich), Jackson Breiding (Warwick) and Grant Giguere 7th graders Deirdre Stockdill (Warwick), Jack Ciunci (East Greenwich), Jayci Izzi (North Kingstown), Luke Simms (East Greeenwich), Maddie Laviolette (North Kingstown),and  Sophie Brunner (Warwick) and 6th Graders Christian Butera (East Greenwich), Ellla Reikhrud (Warwick), and Siena Vitucci (Warwick).

OLM Science Olympiad Medal Winners included; GOLD: Roller Coaster (Maddy Laviolette and Jayci Izzi)   and Thermodynamics (Jackson Breiding and Patrick Torres) and SILVER:  Crime Busters (Patrick Torres and Ryan Youngs)

In 13 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.