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Awards & Noteworthy Accomplishments

2015-2016

  • Heather-McCabe-and-Marisa-SylvesterRice Memorial High School’s Valedictorian for the Class of 2016 is Heather McCabe and the Salutatorian is Marisa Sylvester, both Mater Christi Alumnae. Over the past 15 years, 80% of Rice Memorial High School’s Valedictorians or Salutatorians have been Mater Christi School alumni. Additionally, for multiple years both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian have been MCS alumni.
  • The Mater Christi School 8th grade students won the People’s Choice Award at The High School and Middle School Olympiad of Architectural History in Vermont at VT Tech College in Randolph. They presented their Vermont historical buildings of worship that they researched, designed using 3D modeling software TinkerCad, and printed on Mater Christi’s 3D printer in the Makerspace. The team was also featured on WCAX.
  • MCS launched a brand new Makerspace in 2015 offering STEAM curriculum enrichment including K-8 coding, 3D printing, robotics and more.
  • Bulldogs RoboticsThe Mater Christi School robotics team, Bulldog Robotics, competed in the Regional Championship FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on Saturday, February 27 at UVM. Our students, led by Ms. Tricia Finkle and Mr. Mike Early, ranked 9th out of 31 teams from the northeast region! Our team is comprised entirely of 6th and 7th grade students and competed against mostly high school teams. In their rookie year, Bulldog Robotics was one of the highest ranking teams from Vermont.
  • In 2016, MCS students collectively won 8 awards at the Vermont State Math & Science Fair for middle-school and high-school students, including: Gold and Silver Awards, Computer Science Award, Society of Women Engineers Award plus two Honorable Mentions, Vermont Energy Education Program Award, and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Award.
  • Mix it Up with LogoFor the 2nd year in a row, Mater Christi School has been named a Mix It Up Model School by Teaching Tolerance. There were only ninety one model schools nationally, with MCS being the only school in Vermont to receive this meaningful award. Mix It Up Model Schools embrace respect and inclusiveness as core values—they “mix it up” all year long. These schools have done an exemplary job of organizing, publicizing and implementing Mix It Up at Lunch Day. By sharing their recipes for success, Model Schools are beacons for other schools striving for inclusiveness.
  • Marina Prikis and Juliet Hassenberg, 7th grade students, were chosen for the District Music Festival Chorus from out of over 200 area students. In addition, Ben Hershey, Sam Thompson, Ethan Behr, and Adam Galuszka all had scores high enough to be accepted to participate in the District Music Festival Band. Kudos also to George Huffman who will play the cello in the District Orchestra. The Festival was held on January 30 and 31.
  • Tre cropped awardTre’ Richard M. Diemer, III, a Freshman at Rice Memorial High School and a Mater Christi School Alumnus traveled to the State House in Montpelier on Thursday, April 28th, to accept an award on behalf of Vermont Governor, Peter Shumlin. Tre’ received recognition for a long lasting environmental conservation project that he started while in seventh grade at Mater Christi School.
  • From 2012-2016, more than 40% of MCS students in grades 5-8 qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search. (To qualify, a student must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a reasoning section of a nationally-normed test.)
  • 1st GradeThree of Mrs. Sem’s first grade students’ poems were selected to be published in the 2016 Creative Communication anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.” Congratulations to Lila Hershey, Mariana Ferguson and Sophia Schultz!
  • Isabella Magg, an eighth grader, won the school GEO Bee in April and then went on to compete at the state level competition at Middleburg College.
  • The Fourth Annual Vermont State Middle School Scholars Bowl Tournament was held at Burlington High School on April 30. Fourteen Mater Christi School students competed against seven teams from other schools in a round robin style tournament with the MCS Team B winning second place.
  • MCS student, Abhi Dodgson, kicked off his 8th grade year with a remarkable track season and a passion for writing. The Young Writers Project, Inc. selected his entry, “Sunset Running,” to be featured this week. Abhi wrote about the sights and sounds he encounters on his sunset runs near his home in the Champlain Islands.
  • The Mater Christi School Community Service Committee formed a group of volunteers that was comprised of students, teachers, parents, alumni and friends who volunteered in December at the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). The goal for the evening was $7,000, but after four hours of “dialing for dollars” the group, along with other volunteers from the Burlington area, raised $12,000 for the organization after only a couple hours.
  • Sam Thompson1MCS 8th grade student, Sam Thompson, was selected to serve as Legislative page in the Vermont State House in April 2016. Each year, 30 young Vermonters are selected to work as Legislative pages. Their duties involve delivering messages for the members of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the various Legislative offices.
  • Emily Bloom, Grade 7, placed 2nd in the Championship track meet held at UVM on May 31.
  • The Mercy Doors at MCS were a school-wide effort in response to a challenge from Bishop Coyne. Bishop Coyne asked all of the Vermont Catholic Schools and churches to build their own Holy Doors. Mater Christi students kicked off the 2016 Catholic Schools with a school-wide assembly, each grade had class representatives speak about their artwork presented on the school’s Holy Door. Following the assembly, students processed from the gym to the middle school lobby to see the Mercy Doors and the beautiful panels they helped create. The doors are comprised of 16 panels, similar to the Holy Door in Rome.
  • For the past 20 years, MCS middle school students have volunteered in the community as part of our service learning program called “Reaching Out.” MCS’ community service partners have included King Street Youth Center, Salvation Army, St. Joseph’s Home, Ronald McDonald House, Joseph’s House, Spectrum, Burlington Boys and Girls Club, COTS, and the Sisters of Mercy.

2014-2015

    • Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner, Abi Jacunski, with family and Mayor Weinberger.

      Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner, Abi Jacunski, with Anthony Fontana, Principal, family and Mayor Weinberger.

      Prudential Spirit of Community Award: An MCS student, Abigail Jacunski, was named VT’s Middle Level Youth Volunteer by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. She won $1,000 and an all-expense paid four-day trip to Washington D.C. This was the third year in a row that a student from MCS has received this award.

 

    • MCS Named one of Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up Model School: Mater Christi School was named one of Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up Model Schools for 2015. Mix It Up Model Schools embrace respect and inclusiveness as core values and “mix it up” all year long. Ms. Jenelle Dumas, guidance councilor, organized “Mix It Up Day” at Mater Christi in October. Teachers facilitated activities during lunch and recess that paired older and younger kids, creating “buddy” teams. Students received index cards with prompts that allowed them to learn about their new friends. After lunch, the students shared what they learned with their larger classes. purpose of the day is to encourage students to identify, question and cross social boundaries

 

    • VFW Teacher of Year Award Glenda Bedard

      VFW Teacher of Year Award Glenda Bedard

      VFW Smart/Maher VFW Citizenship Teacher of the Year Award 2015: Mrs. Glenda Bedard, MCS 4th and 5th grade Social Studies and Literature teacher, won the district, regional and Vermont state Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award. She was recognized by the VFW and school community on January 27, 2015.

 

    • Vermont State Math and Science Fair: Each year, students in grades 6-12 gather from all over the state to compete at The Vermont State Math & Science Fair. Mater Christi School students competed on Saturday, March 28th at Norwich University in Northfield with the support of their parents and their science teacher, Mr. Mark Pendergrass. This year, the competition was especially strong! MCS students collectively won 10 awards total including 4 Gold and Silver awards and 6 awards in special categories. Ten awards is the highest number of awards that MCS students have brought back in the past 8 years, the last highest being 8 awards in 2008.VSSMF Gold Award- Tre`Diemer, and Juliet Hassenberg; VSSMF Silver Awards- Elisabeth Harrington, and George Huffman; Logic Supply Award for Best Use of Computer Science- Ethan Behr; Award from Northern Section Institute of Food Technologies- Elisabeth Harrington; Broadcom Masters Awards- Tre`Diemer and Juliet Hassenberg; U.S. Marines Awards- Tre`Diemer and Juliet Hassenberg.

 

    • Rice Memorial High School Names MCS Alumnus, Miranda Orcutt ’11, as Valedictorian of the RMHS Class of 2015

      Rice Memorial High School Names MCS Alumnus, Miranda Orcutt ’11, as Valedictorian of the RMHS Class of 2015

      Rice Memorial High School Names MCS Alumnus, Miranda Orcutt ’11, as Valedictorian of the RMHS Class of 2015: Over the past 20 years, 75% of RMHS’s Valedictorians or Salutatorians have been Mater Christi School alumni.  Additionally, for multiple years (15%) both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian have been MCS alumni.

 

    • District 3 Music Festival: All 5 MCS band students who tried out for the District 3 Music Festival qualified to play in January: Sara Fernandez-Young (7), Alex Beauregard (8), Ethan Behr (7), Sam Thompson (7), and Davis Lavoie (8).

 

    • MCS GEO Bee winner, J.B. Bahrenburg

      MCS GEO Bee winner, J.B. Bahrenburg

      National Geographic’s GEO Bee Local Winner: John Bahrenberg, a seventh grader, won the school GEO Bee competition and qualified to enter and participate in the 2015 state level bee which took place at Middlebury College.

 

    • University of Vermont 58th Annual Math Contest: On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 24 of Rice Memorial High School’s most accomplished math students participated in the University of Vermont’s 58th Annual Math Contest. Each year, the UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites high school students throughout the state of Vermont to compete in this rigorous event. 6 of the 24 students wrote papers that placed them in the top 10% and 3 of these students were Mater Christi School alumni. The following alumni received certificates of merit: Paige Hauke, Heather McCabe and Marisa Sylvester.

 

    • John’s Hopkins Talent Search: The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world. From 2012-2015, more than 40% of MCS students in grades 5-8 qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search. (To qualify, a student must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a reasoning section of a nationally-normed test.)

 

    • Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE) Test: The ACRE test is administered annually to MCS 8th grade students. The 8th graders had nearly perfect scores in all areas of this national religious education achievement test. The purpose of the NCEA ACRE is to evaluate the effectiveness of a religion program: The printed curriculum communicated during a teaching-learning session and the formative experiences in and with the faith community, for example, Sunday Liturgy.

 

 

 

    • Six MCS students were chosen to be published in the Creative Communication’s annual anthology, “A Celebration of Today’s Writers.”

      Six MCS students were chosen to be published in the Creative Communication’s annual anthology, “A Celebration of Today’s Writers.”

      Creative Communication Poetry Contest: During the year, Mrs. Sem’s first grades learned how to write cinquains, acrostics and limericks. In honor of National Poetry Month in April, she entered her students’ poems into the Creative Communication Poetry Contest. Six MCS students were chosen to be published in the Creative Communication’s annual anthology, “A Celebration of Today’s Writers.” These students are Emerson Knudsen, Skylar Roberge, Brooks Kehoe, Lily Sheppard, Kate Larkin and Bret Stoneman.

 

 

 

    • Mater Christi Makerspace Created and Launched: The Makerspace was launched with an open house for parents and students in our community to come together and Build-a-Robot in a single day with parts donated by Greansea Systems, Inc. Students in grades kindergarten through grade 8 use the Makerspace as a way to enrich their learning beyond the usual classroom setting with lessons and activities customized and specifically aligned with  the teachers’ curriculum. 3rd grade students  created mousetrap cars to extend their learning on force and motion, kindergarten students created LED wands to extend their lesson on light, 5th grade students created claymation movies on the iPads to make their transportation vocabulary words come to life.

 

    • Class of 2015 – 8th Grade Graduation Awards and Honors – For a complete list of 2015 graduation awards and honors, click here.

 

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2013-2014

  • For the second year in a row, a Mater Christi School 7th Grade student was named VT’s Middle Level Youth Volunteer by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. He won $1,000 and an all-expense paid four-day trip to Washington D.C.
  • Twelve MCS middle school students qualified for the Vermont State Science Fair and competed against other middle school as well as high school students. MCS students received five of the top awards in 2014.
  • Each year, students in grades 6-12 gather from all over the state to compete at The Vermont Science Fair. Over the past 6 years, Mater Christi students have been awarded Superior (Gold), Excellent (Silver) and other special awards including the BroadCom Masters Prize, VT Food Technology Prize and the Society of Women Engineers Prize. Throughout the past 6 years, Mater Christi School averages over 3 award winners at the state level each year in the Superior and/or Excellent categories.   

    Each year, students in grades 6-12 gather from all over the state to compete at The Vermont Science Fair. Over the past 6 years, Mater Christi students have been awarded Superior (Gold), Excellent (Silver) and other special awards including the BroadCom Masters Prize, VT Food Technology Prize and the Society of Women Engineers Prize. Throughout the past 6 years, Mater Christi School averages over 3 award winners at the state level each year in the Superior and/or Excellent categories.

    Eight 1st Grade Students were selected to have their poems entered into the Creative Communications poetry contest.  This is the highest number of poems that MCS has ever had selected.  If class has more than 5 student poems selected to be published, the class receives a free copy of the anthology.

  • MCS National Geographic Bee school winner qualified for and participated in the State Competition.
  • Over 40% of MCS students in grades 5-8 qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search. (To qualify, a student must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a reasoning section of a nationally-normed test).
  • In both 2013 and 2014, the MCS 5th and 6th grade and 7/8 grade boys and girls Basketball Teams won the State School CYO Tournament and participated in the New England Tournament.
  • Two MCS students were selected and played in the District III Music Festival in 2013, and five students were selected in 2014.  At a school assembly, Mayor Weinberger, a fellow trumpet player, said that the MCS band was one of the best middle school bands he has ever heard.
  • Six MCS alumni out of the 23 students chosen were selected to participate in Rice Memorial High School’s, “Poetry Out Loud” competition.
  • Rice Memorial High School inducted 9 MCS alumni into the 2013 Rev. Raymond A. Adams Chapter of the National Honor Society.  Criteria for acceptance into the NHS is based on Scholarship (four-year GPA of 90+), Leadership, Character and Service to Others.

2012-2013

  • A MCS 7th Grade student was named VT’s Middle Level Youth Volunteer by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. She won $1000 and an all-expense paid four-day trip to Washington D.C. This award was given to two Mater Christi School students for both 2013 and 2014.
  • Over 40% of MCS students in grades 5-8 qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search. (To qualify, a student must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a reasoning section of a nationally-normed test).
  • The Odyssey of the Mind MCS Primary Team received a trophy for their award winning performance in a skit titled, “Top Sea-cret Discoveries.” The MCS Division I team took second place in their division, earning them the privilege of competing against teams from countries all over the world at Michigan State University.
  • Twelve MCS middle school students qualified for the Vermont State Science Fair and competed against other middle school as well as high school students. MCS students received six of the top awards in 2013.
  • For the second year in a row, the MCS Team placed first in the 2013 State NAQT Middle School Academic Scholar’s Bowl Tournament.
  • MCS Grade 8 scored above the national average in the NCEA ACRE.
  • MCS students consistently achieve above-national-average test scores in Math and in Language Arts (Stanford Achievement Test Series 10).
  • In both 2013 and 2014, the MCS 5th and  6th grade and 7/8 grade boys and girls Basketball Teams won the State School CYO Tournament and participated in the New England Tournament.
  • A 2nd Grade student was selected as one of the 250 State Finalists in the 2013 U.S. Doodle 4 Google competition. This is a huge accomplishment since the U.S. Doodle 4 Google Team received over 130,000 submissions from across the country.
  • One MCS student won first place and seven other MCS students were awarded Certificates of Merit for the posters they made for the 2013 UVM Math Awareness Week Poster Contest.

2011-2012

  • MCS students consistently achieve above-national-average test scores in Math and in Language Arts (Stanford Achievement Test Series 10).
  • Over 40% of MCS students in grades 5-8 qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search. (To qualify, a student must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a reasoning section of a nationally-normed test).
  • The MCS Team placed first in the 2012 State NAQT Middle School Academic Scholar’s Bowl Tournament.
  • At the 2011 Vermont State Science Fair for middle-school and high-school students, MCS students received eleven of the top awards.
    The 2011 MCS National Geographic Bee winner was a Runner-Up in the State competition.
  • An MCS student was cast in the 2011 Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz at the Flynn Center in Burlington.
  • Three MCS teams placed first and second at the Odyssey of the Mind Vermont State Tournament and represented the school at the World Finals in May 2011.
  • The 2011 MCS 5th/6th-grade boys basketball team was named the Vermont CYO State Champions, and the 2011 MCS 5th/6th-grade girls basketball team was named runner-up in the CYO State Championship games.