Local schools tops in science, national writing winner

Prince of Peace School students James Christian, Alexis Fritz and Alyx Farkas are pictured with their science trophies.

Prince of Peace School students James Christian, Alexis Fritz and Alyx Farkas are pictured with their science trophies.Catholic schools tops in science
Three schools from the Diocese of Charleston came home with top awards at the S.C. Independent School Association’s State Science Fair recently.

At Prince of Peace in Taylors, Alexis Fritz won first place in computer/math science, James Christian earned second place in general science, and Alyx Farkas won third place in behavioral science.

At St. Anne in Sumter, second-place prizes were awarded to Daniel Owen in general science and Zachary Shrift in physical science.

At St. Francis Xavier High School, Mary Floyd won second place in physical science.

Jones named a merit finalist
COLUMBIA—Zachary Jones, a senior at Cardinal Newman School, advanced to finalist standing in the 2010 national Merit Scholarship Program. He was chosen recently from a field of 16,000 semifinalists and represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school graduating seniors.

Theresa makes Olympiad semifinals
GREENVILLE—Theresa Krupka, a junior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, recently qualified for the semifinals in the USA Biology Olympiad competition. Her score placed her in the top 10 percent of more than 6,000 test-takers nationwide. Winners of the semifinals will advance to the national finals at Purdue University with a shot at the international Olympiad in South Korea. Theresa is a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church and is a daughter of Tom and Janet Krupka of Simpsonville.

St. Paul teacher earns honor
SPARTANBURG—Melissa Drummond, a Spanish teacher at St. Paul the Apostle School, received an award for her session at the 2010 S.C. Foreign Language Teachers Association recently. She was invited to represent South Carolina at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching in March 2011, in Baton Rouge, La. Drummond’s presentation demonstrated the value of teaching core curriculum in the second language.

Curran BramhillCurran wins national writing contest
COLUMBIA—Curran Bramhill, a first-grader at St. Joseph School, was named a national winner of Zaner-Bloser’s 19th annual Handwriting Contest. He is one of eight students from private schools to win at the national level. Prizes include $250 for Curran, a plaque for the school, and a $500 gift certificate for his teacher to use in the Zaner-Bloser catalog.