The first Marie Murphy Newsletter of the year has been published – The Marie Murphy Chronicles. Issues will be published every few weeks and emailed to Marie Murphy families. Additionally, they’ll be posted here as well. Click on the link below to read the 20 September 2017 issue.
Marie Murphy Chronicles 20 September 2017
The Marie Murphy Science Olympiad team continued their tradition of excellence with their performance this weekend at the National Tournament at Wright State University in Ohio. The team finished 8th place nationally marking the third consecutive year the team has finished in top-ten in the nation, and the 8th time in 10 years the team has finished in the top-ten nationally.
National Medalists included:
- 2nd Place: Hovercraft – Eric Liu & Dodge Adams
- 3rd Place: Crimebusters – Isabelle Hester & Chelsea Lu, Rocks and Minerals – Isabelle Hester & Mia Moline, and Towers – Violet Cue & Ian Quan
- 5th Place: Wright Stuff – Zijun Deng & Brian Shen
- 6th Place: Optics – Eric Liu & Brian Shen
Congratulations to team sponsors Jim Gravagna, Darren Persino, Peter Ogden and Shannon Wright as well as all of our parent coaches and volunteers!
The 2016-2017 Varsity Science Olympiad Team members were:
The guys volleyball season wrapped up with conference championships for both the junior varsity and varsity teams.
The Varsity Vikings completed an 8-1 regular season with the only loss coming to Glencoe. The Vikings had an opportunity for revenge with a rematch against Glencoe in the North Shore Conference Tournament Championship. The Vikings prevailed winning the championship match two games to one. While both teams played well with many volleys that lasted for several minutes, in the end, the Vikings took the trophy with excellent digging, outstanding passing, and because they played as a team. The team included 5 players who had never played volleyball before as well as 9 returning players. The Varsity Vikings were coached by Ms. Kelli Lane
Not to be outdone, the Junior Varsity Vikings completed an undefeated regular season with a North Shore Tournament championship as well. The team defeated Washburne in the semi-finals setting up a championship match versus Glencoe. The Vikings prevailed, completing a perfect 15-0 season. The Junior Varsity Vikings were coached by Mr. Patrick Higgins.
Congrats to our outstanding players and coaches!
This past week, several Marie Murphy students were recognized for artistic excellence in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. MM students competed against 7-12th graders from over eight different states. Congrats to all MM students who competed!
The following students were recognized:
- Julia Stesal – Honorable Mention (Ceramics)
Davina Shin – Honorable Mention (Drawing)
Chelsea Lu – Silver Key (Painting)
Daniel Martinez – Gold Key (Photography)
Violet Cue – Gold Key (Drawing)
Juliana Gurevich – Gold Key(Painting), Silver Key(Drawing), Honorable Mention
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The sixth grade participated in a round robin floor hockey tournament on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 22nd as a culminating unit activity. The boys and girls were divided into six teams. Each team played every other team once. Everyone had fun and a lot of energy was expended!
1st Place – Canucks
2nd Place – Maple Leafs
3rd Place – Bruins
4th Place – Blackhawks
5th Place – Rangers
6th Place – Blues
The JV girls volleyball team made Marie Murphy proud this season with their efforts throughout their 14 game schedule. The talent on the squad was evenly divided between the 6th and 7th grade players which speaks well for the future of Marie Murphy volleyball program. The growth in skill technique and teamwork throughout the season was excellent, as noted by other coaches in the conference. Coach Nick from Central School in Glencoe stated, “MM gave us the closest and most exciting games out of the other squads in the conference. I hope we get to play your girls in the next round because they are fearsome players that bring it.”
Sadly, the conference tournament ended in a loss to Glencoe in a close battle worthy enough of a two spot increase in the conference rankings. The individual, as well as team, gains resulted in a completely different team by the end of the season 6 weeks later. Coach Lane and Coach Higgins could not be prouder of our players’ attitude and effort put into our fast and exciting season of Marie Murphy volleyball 2016. The team succeeded as players, and as a team, because they came with the mentality to give the best you have received from the past to the best you may come to know in the future and the junior varsity girls exemplified this value.