AAUW STEM scholarships

Front (from left): Ava Hawkins, Grace Hill, Anna Prewitt and Zoe Yanega. Back (from left): Nona Larson, Claire Severin, Angela Kline, Alexandra Aldridge and Roxana Nedelcu.

The Anacortes branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded $1,000 scholarships for STEM achievements to three Anacortes High School seniors at their March 10 meeting. The girls were selected by their teachers and counselors.

Angela Kline received the science scholarship. She is an AP Scholar with a 4.0 GPA who volunteers at Island Hospital and Rosario Assisted Living.

Claire Severin received the technology scholarship and has participated in FIRST Robotics, girls swim and Girl Scouts. She won a 2015 MIT NEST Student Award and is the 2016 Anacortes Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.

Alexandra Aldridge received the math scholarship. She is an AP scholar, captain of the varsity basketball team, the FBLA business manager and vice president of Link Crew.

AAUW also awarded $100 each to four eighth-grade Anacortes Middle School girls selected by their teachers: Grace Hill and Anna Prewitt in science, and Ava Hawkins and Zoe Yanega in math.

Hill has a 4.0 GPA and is a champion horseback hunter jumper, plays the piano and clarinet, and published a poem in the Skagit Poetry Project.

Prewitt has a 4.0 GPA, attended Tech Trek 2015, plays volleyball, soccer and the clarinet, and will travel this summer to Japan with the Sister Cities exchange program.

Hawkins has a 4.0 GPA, attended Tech Trek 2015, participates in the Fidalgo Science Club, basketball and track, and plays the piano.

Yanega is on the Honor Roll, acts with the Anacortes Community Theatre, participates in soccer, and placed first at the middle school finals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump.

AAUW STEM Awards Chair Beth Meenaghan presented the awards.

Guest speakers Nona Larson and Roxana Nedelcu, engineers at the PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon, shared their personal and professional experiences with STEM educational options and diverse career opportunities.

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