Saint Mark Catholic School eighth-graders Arielle Ippolito and Michaela Schlegel finished first in the Reach for the Stars, Division B (middle school) of the N.C. Science Olympiad State Tournament April 27-28 at N.C. State.
The entire St. Marks varsity team competed in 23 events and was awarded nine placements in the top 10. The schools Science Olympiad team consists of 18 students who began working on their projects in December.
The team is organized and mentored by eighth-grade science teacher Kris Lyles. Parent-volunteers then serve as coaches for the teams, meeting on average three times a week for five months.