St. Mary’s Takes 4 out of 5 Top Places in Algebra Competition

Left to Right: Mrs. Marsha Sega (middle school math teacher), Sinclair Cunningham, Ryan Rearden, Elliot Barnes, Miko Zolnierczuk.

The 62nd annual statewide High School Mathematics Contest was held on April 10, 2018, at various testing centers across the state. The Tennessee Mathematics Teachers’ Association sponsors the annual contest in six divisions: Algebra I/Integrated I, Geometry/Integrated II, Algebra II/Integrated III, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus/Advanced Topics. Four St. Mary’s 8th grade students completed the Algebra I test at Roane State Community College in Harriman. We are pleased to share the news that all four placed in the top five!
Miko Zolnierczuk placed 1st, Ryan Rearden placed 2nd, Elliot Barnes placed 3rd, and Sinclair Cunningham placed 5th.
Congratulations to our students!

Another Great Year for SMS at Regional Science Fair!

SMS Science Fair winnersTwelve of the St. Mary’s Science Fair winners participated in this year’s regional Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF).  Of the sixty-four projects in this year’s middle school science fair at St. Mary’s on February 22, fifteen received awards, making them eligible to enter SASEF at the University of Tennessee on March 27-29, 2018. Projects were divided into two categories, biological and physical sciences.
St. Mary’s is pleased to announce that our students received the following overall awards, certificates of excellence, honorable mentions, and special awards:

Overall SASEF Awards:

4th Place: Mateo Gorrondona – Solarly Tublar
5th Place: Amelia Van Berkel  Boiling Away Toxic Fracking Chemicals; Elizabeth Brands: Power My Life
Certificates of Excellence: Alyssa Shedlock: Mouse Meals Affect Wheels; Trey Phillips: Green and Clean: the Science of Filtering; Amelia Van Berkel; Elizabeth Brands; Ryan Rearden: Can Green Roofs Take the Heat; and Mateo Gorrondona
Honorable Mentions: Alex Eshleman: How to Maximize Root Growth; Charlie Goodwyn – How Far; Luca Filigenzi: 3-2-1 Launch

Special Awards:

Navy’s Office of Naval Research AwardMateo Gorrondona
Society of Automation Award: Mateo Gorrondona
Society of Women Engineers – Smoky Mountain Section AwardElizabeth Brands
Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers AwardElizabeth Brands
The SASEF is sponsored by the University of Tennessee and numerous local companies and agencies and draws students from 23 counties in East Tennessee.  The goal of the fair is to promote teaching the scientific method in science, engineering and math.  St. Mary’s students are recognized for multiple honors each year.