St. Odilia student wins award

courtesy of Catholic Schools Center of Excellence Julianne Thomas, left, won a second-place award at the Catholic STEM fair in early April.

Julianne Thomas from St. Odilia School in Shoreview won the second annual Big Bang Catholic STEM Fair in the sixth-though-eighth-grade category, according to a news release.

The event was hosted by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE). Thomas won a trip for four people to the Vatican Observatory in Tucson, Arizona.

On April 6, 150 students from over 50 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis descended upon Totino Grace High School in Fridley. The students presented their projects to fair attendees and a panel of judges in two categories: grades three to five and grades six to eight.

“Our Catholic school students love the discovery and learning that STEM topics provide,” said Steve Hoeppner, interim CSCOE president. “Catholic mathematicians and scientists were pioneers in  founding the scientific theory, the Big Bang evolutionary theory and the study of genetics. We are helping our students build upon that great foundation to become society’s future innovators.”

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