Sophomores finish off Mole Week with celebration

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Jessica Riddle

Sophomores gathered on Thursday, October 20, in Mrs. Zambrano’s room for final celebrations. Emily Rodriquez, Elise Heiman, Katherine Hobson, and Miranda Lopez join in the Mole Day dance.

Cara Millburg, Editor

Mole Day on Thursday, October 20, ended up a successful week of mole competition and fun.  Breakfast celebrations on Thursday morning included the announcement of Mariah Diaz as Mole Queen with Vallie Joseph taking the title of Mole Princess and Mr. Ralph Mechiorre crowned as Mole King.

At the end of the day, sophomores, wearing their mole whiskers, gathered in Mrs. Zambrano’s room to participate in the closing ceremony, sing the mole day song for the last time and share the official Mole Cake, all in keeping with the theme of “The mole you travel, the mole you know.”  At that time, the following winners of the “molenational” exhibits were announced:

Best Overall – Japan (Japamole) by  Vallie Joseph;  first runner- up – Austria (Sound of Molesic) by  Emily Dever; Philippines ((Mole-ippines) by Margaret Shumake; Argentina (Molegentina)  by Devin Lewis;  fourth – Rwanda (Molewanda) by Jennifer Aprile; fifth – Switzerland by Katherine Hobson; Honorable Mention – D. R.( Domoleican Rep.) by Casey Pluchino,  Monaco (Molaco) by  Haley Ratchford,  U. S.  by Miranda Lopez,  Greenland by  Jessica Kandell, and Afghanistan by Alana Adams.

Academy observed Mole Day  this year three days in advance of the official celebration on October 23, from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. The traditional celebration date of October 23 derives from the last two numerals in Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.

The purpose of Mole Day to generate enthusiasm for studies in chemistry.  To this end, Mrs. Rebeca Zambrano, chemistry teacher, has created a tradition of fun activities that begin several days before the actual Mole Day.  In preparation for this day, sophomores  made mole-themed displays according to the theme of that year. Teachers and faculty members voted to determine the best Mole Day project.