Camp Invention is Coming to St. Mary’s School!

Camp Invention Facebook Event Photo
Camp Invention is coming to St. Mary’s School! Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Sequoyah Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6th. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on June 5, 2017 with Hillary Hudson serving as Director of the Launch program!
Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

  • Engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations
  • Experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rocket.
  • Exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air
  • Taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operations

All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun! Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children. Register on or before May 1, 2017 using promo code Discover15 to receive $15 OFF the base price of $225. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

St. Mary’s Students Compete in Local Science Fair

The St. Mary’s 2017 Middle School Science Fair was held on February 9, 2017.  A total of fifty-seven projects were entered for judging.  The projects were divided into two categories, physical and biological sciences, and the judges awarded a first through fifth place in each category.  Additionally, two honorable mentions were awarded in biological sciences and seven in physical sciences.
Physical Sciences physci

  • 1st Place – Marissa Dalton – A Clay Array of Amazing Glazing
  • 2nd Place – Mateo Gorrondona (not pictured) – Fight Drought with Solar Panels
  • 3rd Place – Anna Kasemir – Can You See Me Now?
  • 4th Place – Amelia Van Berkel – Did that Get the Lead Out?
  • 5th Place – Jacqueline Audet – O-Pine Wood Derby

Physical Science Honorable Mentions: 

  • Luca Filigenzi – Battery Versus Battery
  • Paige Halcrow & Genevieve Krass – The Great Buffer Race
  • Elizabeth Brands – Rubber vs. Cotton
  • Joshua Luttrell – How Does that Sound?
  • Caroline Elliott – Good-Bye Graffiti
  • Elliot Barnes – Waste Heat? Wasted Energy!
  • Joey Wood – Making Light of It!

biosciBiological Sciences

  • 1st Place – Sydney Mesmer – Don’t Give Mosquitoes a Biting Chance
  • 2nd Place: Sarah Tackett – Milk: The Next Generation
  • 3rd Place: Luke Cheadle – Home Remedies: Healing or Hurtful?
  • 4th Place: Miko Zolnierczuk – The Mysterious Flatworm
  • 5th Place: Parker Sorah – Healthy Hydration Outdoors

Honorable Mention

  • Ian Hubbard – Radiation Observations Revealed
  • Ethan Sherlock – Battle of the Genres

These students qualify to participate in the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF) to be held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on March 28 – 30, 2017.
The 2017 St. Mary’s Science Fair panel of judges included representatives from local business and industry who volunteered to serve in this capacity.  St. Mary’s would like to recognize and thank all of the judges for their gracious contribution of time and expertise in support of the students and their pursuit of science.  The following individuals served as judges this year: Glenn Dye, Anna Gaultney, George Golightly, Ana Gonzalez, Melissa Hutchinson, Harold Ketterer, Michelle Kidder, Rick Lowden, Rich Snead,  Fred Sloop,  Deacon Gary Sega,  and Kendra Smotherman.

Student Places Nationally in VFW Essay Contest

Jim Irving, District 2 Commander VFW Post 12051 and Genevieve Robinson

Jim Irving, District 2 Commander VFW Post 12051 and Genevieve Robinson


Genevieve Robinson is congratulated by State Representative, John Ragan, District 13

Genevieve Robinson is congratulated by State Representative, John Ragan, District 13


On March 3, 2017, Tennessee State Representative, John Ragan, along with several members of VFW Post 12051, came to St. Mary’s School to make a special presentation to 7th grader, Genevieve Robinson.  Jim Irving, VFW District 2 Commander, shared opening remarks and presented Genevieve with a $1,000 check and a plaque for winning the Department of Tennessee’s Patriot’s Pen competition as part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Essay Competition.   As a result of winning at the state level, she was entered as one of 54 finalists in the national competition where she was recognized with the $500 VFW Southern Conference Award. The finalists came from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Pacific Areas and Panama Canal.
Conducted nationwide, the Patriot’s Pen is a VFW-sponsored youth essay competition that gives sixth, seventh, and eight grade students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme.  Over 100,000 students submitted essays from around the country and around the world.  This year’s Patriot’s Pen essay asked students to describe “The America I Believe In….”  Students were asked to think hard about the America they believe in and, in 300 – 400 words, articulate what makes our nation unique and great.
In her essay, Genevieve wrote, “We have a country in which our differences are celebrated instead of discouraged.  Our different talents can be utilized to build a better, stronger nation.”  We are so proud of Genevieve for achieving such a distinguished recognition.
Front Row: Jim Irving, District 2 Commander, Wayne Knabbenhoft, Thomas Booker, Clyde Sutton  Back Row: Brad Heun, Mickey Vickery, Matthew Libby, Doug Kesterson, John Ragan, State Representative, District 13, Genevieve Robinson, Sister Marie Blanchette, O.P. Principal of St. Mary’s School

Front Row: Jim Irving, District 2 Commander, Wayne Knabbenhoft, Thomas Booker, Clyde Sutton Back Row: Brad Heun, Mickey Vickery, Matthew Libby, Doug Kesterson, John Ragan, State Representative, District 13, Genevieve Robinson, Sister Marie Blanchette, O.P. Principal of St. Mary’s School