AAUW honors STEM achievement
April 30, 2013
While we hear frequent national and state media reports of the dismal state of education in the science, technology and math fields, eight Issaquah School District high school junior girls are proving that excellence in STEM education is a priority for them and their schools, according to the American Association of University Women.
The eight girls were honored at an association awards ceremony April 18 for their achievements and potential in STEM subjects.
Nominated by their school counselors, the girls from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools have shown outstanding ability in the subjects for which they received recognition, and have participated in numerous extracurricular activities as well. The association recognizes the importance of excellent preparation in the STEM subjects, not only for future individual educational and employment opportunities, but also for the health of the United States and Washington’s scientific and tech economies.
In keeping with the goals of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (2011) to increase women’s access to, use of and training for participation in the science and technology industries, the association strongly supports educational opportunities for girls and women in these as well as other fields. The STEM honors program promotes these important goals.
The girls recognized for their accomplishments are:
Issaquah High School
Holly Boothroyd for technology, Amanda Levenson for science and Audrey Storm for mathematics.
Liberty High School
Megan Larson for mathematics and Rachel Wittenberg for science.
Skyline High School
Sarika Ghangurde for mathematics, Crystal Liang for science and Pan Zheng for technology.
In addition to their academic achievements, the girls participate in numerous school and community activities, including athletics, music, art, school leadership and community charitable work.