The Marie Murphy School Science Olympiad team celebrated their tenth straight regional victory Feb. 26 at New Trier High School's freshmen campus in Northfield after coming in first place in 12 out of the 23 events. The team won with a final score of 40 points (10 points ahead of next best team) and only 17 points away from a perfect score of 23. Marie Murphy School's junior varsity team also won a decisive victory in their division with a final score of 33, taking first place in 15 out of 23 events. Each team has 15 students participating in the competitions. In addition to James Gravagna, Peter Ogden, Darren Persino and Shannon Wright, this year's coaches include five parents: Anne Nagle, Gerri Newmark, Rory Wolfe, Hui-Chen Li and Herng-Jeng Jou.
Varsity team first-place medal winners were Sahar Bhai and Lauren Newmark for Anatomy; Michael Rivkin and Solena Rizzato for Awesome Aquifers; Jonah Wolfe and David Yan for Battery Buggy; Michael Rivkin and David Yan for Dynamic Planet; Rene Chen, Stephanie Chen, and Josh Park for Experimental Design; Alexander Chen and Clara Yam for Fossils; Vivian Jou and Solena Rizzato for Meteorology; Rene Chen and Josh Park for Ornthology; Sahar Bhai and Leah Rivkin for Science Crimebusters; Jason Lee and David Yan for Shock Value; Josh Park and Stephanie Chen for Solar System; Alexander Chen and Aiyappa Kodendera for Storm the Castle.
Varsity team second place medal winners were Jason Lee and Vivian Jou for Bottle Rocket; Leah Rivkin and David Yan for Compute This; Lauren Newmark and Jonah Wolfe for Ecology; Michael Rivkin and Jonah Wolfe for Junkyard Challenge; Alexander Chen and Rene Chen for Optics; Leah Rivkin and Solena Rizzato for Road Scholar; and Jason Lee and Clara Yam for Towers.
Varsity team third place medal winners were Alexander Chen and Rene Chen for Can't Judge a Powder; Sahar Bhai and Vivian Jou for Microbe Mission; and Stephanie Chen and Vivian Jou for Write it Do It.
Junior varsity first place medal winners were Katherine Ho and Regina Madanguit for Awesome Aquifers; Regina Madanguit and Chelsea Ye for Battery Buggy; Paul Farcasanu and Tony Xu for Bottle Rocket; Paul Farcasanu and Andrew Wei for Ecology; Jamie Knippen, David Pollak, and Ethan Wirth for Experimental Design; Danny Belknap and Chelsea Ye for Fossils; Danny Belknap and Andrew Wei for Junkyard Challenge; Paul Farcasanu and Tony Xu for Meteorology; Paul Farcasanu and Chelsea Ye for Microbe Mission; Youngjin Kim and Ethan Wirth for Optics; Katherine Ho and Jamie Knippen for Ornithology; Andrew Wei and Ethan Wirth for Road Scholar; Carissa Yang and Samantha Yang for Science Crimebusters; Katherine Ho and Ethan Wirth for Solar System; and Youngjin Kim and Tony Xu for Storm the Castle.
Junior varsity second place medal winners were Samantha Mori and Samantha Yang for Can't Judge a Powder; Samantha Mori and David Pollak for Compute This; Regina Madanguit and Carissa Yang for Disease Detectives; Katherine Ho and Chelsea Ye for Dynamic Planet; Danny Belknap and David Pollak for Shock Value; Regina Madanguit and Samantha Yang for Towers; Jamie Knippen and Regina Madanguit for Write It Do It.
The Marie Murphy School Science Olympiad teams will now go on to the state Science Olympiad competitions, which will be held Saturday at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
The Marie Murphy School Student Council will be treating members of six of the middle school's clubs to an end-of-the-year outing at Wrigley Field one day during the week of April 25. Student Council Advisor Robert Schnurlein said, "This is the Student Council's way of thanking each and every student who dedicated their time, talent and treasure to create a memorable year."