St. Mary’s School – St. Mary’s Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State Competition

St. Mary’s School – St. Mary’s Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State Competition
By: St. Mary's Community Catholic School Last Updated: March 9, 2020

On Saturday, February 29th, the St. Mary Catholic Community School Science Olympiad Team competed at the Ivy Tech, Lafayette competition. The two teams of students walked away with 19 medals! St. Mary's of Crown Point placed second overall and secured a spot at the Indiana State Science Olympiad competition at Purdue University on March 21st. This will be the Wildcats’ second year in a row competing at the state level. The students were tested in subjects like heredity, fossils, food science, and ornithology. The students showed their knowledge of the scientific process with Experimental Design and their ability to code in Scratch with Game On. They also took part in building events like mousetrap vehicles and ping-pong parachutes. Sixth grader and first time competitor Danny Shea said, “I loved my experience with Science Olympiad. It was very fun and I will do it again next year. This was very educational, and I learned a lot. For example, I learned how to code. I had never coded before without help and now I am pretty good, if I do say so myself. I loved my experience with it and I would recommend this to young thinkers who want to challenge themselves and learn about new things.” A returning student, seventh grader Addison Henry, said, “It was a great experience watching all of our hard work pay off. I can’t wait to compete at the next level!” The team is coached by Mrs. Mary Catharine Skinner, Mrs. Theresa McLoughlin, Mrs. Lisa Hughes, and Mr. Steve Davis.

St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point was opened in 1872.  The school offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through eight and is the largest school in the Diocese of Gary.  St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by leading-edge technology.  All students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as Academic Team, Chess Club, Geography Bee, Spanish Club, Science Olympiad, Scouts, Environmental Club, WSMW News Cast, athletics and more.  To learn more about enrollment at St. Mary’s School or schedule a personal tour, visit or call 219.663.0676.


Back row: Gabby Wagner, Georgia Cappas, Summer Weaver, Eileen Shea, Aidan Conley

Second row: Aidan Abad, Carson Granger, Angie Wiley

Third row: Arielle DelToro, Will Mouser, Gabe Vivo, Mary Mumaugh, Gabby Stabler, Danny Shea

Fourth row: Dominic Runs, Marisa Rund, Addison Henry, Brady Ewing, Maddie Bronson, Kylie Starkey

Front: Mrs. Theresa McLoughlin, Gabriel Magallanez, Emily Yadron, Addison Luttrell, Gianna Zembillis, Mrs. Mary Catharine Skinner