Grey Nun Academy Earns Second Place in Sciathlon Competition

October 28, 2018 (YARDLEY, PA) - Grey Nun Academy Middle School students competed for the first time at the annual Villa Joseph Marie High School Sciathlon in Holland, PA on Friday, October 12. Sixth & seventh grade representatives from the Academy placed second in the competition out of 20 total local middle school teams.

Ten girls from sixth through eighth grades worked in teams to solve three math and science labs that culminated in a Jeopardy-style round where one student from each team represented their overall scientific knowledge. The eighth grade team included: Lana Beck, Nadia Crawford, Isabelle Kim, Isabella Yim, and Helen Raics. The sixth/seventh grade team included: Sejal Patel, Ava Pagliaro, Caroline Hill, Gabriella Harris, and Kareena Khounh.

"It was a really fun atmosphere," said seventh grader Sejal Patel. "I am proud of our team for their hard work and grateful for the opportunity to explore our passion for science and math. It was interesting to test our knowledge and also be challenged in areas of science we haven't learned yet. I can't wait to return and compete again next year."

"We are so proud of our students for their performance in their first-ever Sciathlon competition," said Head of School Deborah Kost. "Middle school is a critical time for all students as we aim to provide meaningful learning opportunities in varied disciplines. These competitions are so important because we are engaging these young people and cultivating their interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The continued success of our students within these authentic experiences is truly a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff. We thank Villa Joseph Marie High School for hosting us."

Celebrating its 55th anniversary year, the Academy continues to be recognized for its excellence in the community. The Academy was named a finalist three years in a row (2015-2017) in the Bucks Happening contest, won "Best Private School" in the 2017 Courier Times Best Of contest, and was a 2018 Finalist for "Best Private School" in the Courier Times Best Of contest.

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About Grey Nun Academy
Founded in 1963 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Grey Nun Academy is an independent, Catholic, coeducational, Lower (PreK-5) and Middle school (6-8) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Academy's mission is to offer an academically rich curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual students while respecting the rights, interests, and dignity of each child. Grey Nun Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and dually accredited by Middle States Association and AdvancED. The Academy welcomes children of all faiths and cultures. The school's educational process leads children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world. To learn more, please visit or call 215-968-4151.