11th grade local girls excel in STEM classes

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High Achievers in STEM classes, from left to right; back row: Danasia Whidden-Herron, Maxine Burgos, Kirsten Noble, Anna Tegelberg, Jordan Cossette, Melissa Villa, Maria Pena-Aguilar, Jessianne Blake, Madelyn Weber; front row: Tzer Hang, Makenna Kokosz, Kristyna Teav, Valerie Blakeslee, Olivia Beckhan, Cristal Nino-Rodrigues, Gabrielle Rivera, Courtney Jolley, Jordan Drugge, Claire Gustaff; not shown: Taylor Blatter

AAUW Highline Branch held a reception for 20 local girls who had been selected by their teachers as showing outstanding achievement in science, math and technology.

The girls – along with their families and teachers – were treated to an evening of honor with a keynote speaker, Hannah Goldberg, of Planetary Resources.

Each girl then received a certificate of excellence and a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Proud parents took pictures and enjoyed punch and cake while the girls examined a piece of a meteorite which Ms Goldberg supplied as well as heard about the many programs supporting women and girls in education sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

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