Top athletes may get much of the attention when it comes to signing days and committing to a university to continue playing a particular sport. But in Seattle on Monday, the spotlight was on students who would be applying their talents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at some of the top technical schools in Washington state and across the country.
The Boeing Co. presented the inaugural event at the Museum of Flight, where 49 high school seniors — one from each legislative district across Washington — were invited to take part in a ceremony attended by elected officials and business and community leaders.
Today, Washington’s next generation of problems solvers, critical thinkers, explorers and pioneers are committing themselves to STEM! #BoeingInspires #BoeingPartner #STEMSigningDay pic.twitter.com/qkmg4wfo4U
— Washington STEM (@washingtonstem) April 23, 2018
“These students and their peers will be the leaders who advance technology and innovation in the 21st century workplace, and we feel privileged to support them in this endeavor,” said Ted Colbert, chief information officer and senior vice president of information technology and data analytics at Boeing.
Here’s a complete list of the students, by community, and their plans for continuing education, as provided by Washington STEM:
Katherine Butler is a senior at Anacortes High School. Katherine plans to study computer science at University of Washington or MIT. Katherine represents Legislative District 40.
Mary Catherine Meno is a senior at Arlington High School. Mary Catherine plans to study cognitive science at University of Washington or University of Georgia. Mary Catherine represents LD 39.
Veenadhari Kollipara is a senior at Interlake High School. Veenadhari plans to study bioengineering at Northwestern or University of Chicago. Veenadhari represents LD 48.
Elijah Aosved is a senior at Blaine High School. Elijah plans to study botany at Pacific Lutheran University. Elijah represents LD 42.
Jessica Orr is a senior at Bonney Lake High School. Jessica plans to study psychiatry at Washington State University. Jessica represents LD 31.
Trevor Crabb is a senior at Bothell High School. Trevor plans to study aerospace and aeronautical engineering at Arizona State University. Trevor represents LD 1.
Michael Lai is a senior at Highline Big Picture High School. Michael plans to study mechanical engineering at University of Washington. Michael represents LD 33.
Madeline Frey is a senior at Eatonville High School. Madeline plans to study bioengineering and biomedical engineering at Washington State University. Madeline represents LD 2.
Parker Leland is a senior at Everett High School. Parker plans to study public health at University of Washington. Parker represents LD 38.
Iman Bennour is a senior at Federal Way Senior High School. Iman plans to study information technology at Green River Community College. Iman represents LD 47.
Sabrina Rahas is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School. Sabrina plays to study neurology at University of Washington. Sabrina represents LD 30.
Xitlali Herrera is a senior at Granger High School. Xitlali plans to study animal science and biology at Washington State University or Stanford. Xitlali represents LD 15.
Hannah Nierman is a senior at Kittitas High School. Hannah plans to study nursing at Central Washington University. Hannah represents LD 13.
Hamzah Amjad is a senior at R A Long High School. Hamzah plans to study mechanical engineering at University of Washington. Hamzah represents LD 19.
Kristine Tandoc is a senior at Kamiak High School. Kristine plans to study biochemistry at University of Pennsylvania or University of Washington. Kristine represents LD 21.
Clifford Hartley is a senior at Oak Harbor High School. Clifford plans to study computer engineering or aeronautical engineering at University of Washington. Clifford represents LD 10.
Marlo Detorres is a senior at North Beach High School. Marlo plans to study nursing, mathematics, and singing at Grays Harbor College. Marlo represents LD 24.
Mylo Lang is a senior at Capital High School. Mylo plans to study engineering at University of Washington. Mylo represents LD 22.
Clay Lince is a senior at A.G. West Black Hills High School. Clay plans to study biochemistry or pre-med at Washington State University. Clay represents LD 35.
Chandler Jenkins is a senior at Tri-Cities Prep. Chandler plans to study earth and atmospheric sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology. Chandler represents LD 8.
America Sevilla is a senior at Chiawana High School. America plans to study chemistry and pharmacy at Washington State University. America represents LD 9.
Sophia Weaver is a senior at South Kitsap High School. Sophia plans to study aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Sophia represents LD 26.
Froylan Contreras is a senior at Prosser High School. Froylan plans to study aerospace engineering at University of Washington or Columbia Basin College. Froylan represents LD 16.
Isachi Halphen is a senior at Emerald Ridge High School. Isachi plans to study aerospace engineering with a minor in computer science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Isachi represents LD 25.
Alex Veliz is a senior at Pierce County Skills Center. Alex plans to study information technology at Central Washington University. Alex represents LD 29.
Hanna Karpstein is a senior at Tesla STEM High School. Hanna plans to study neuroscience and psychology at Grinnell College. Hanna represents LD 45.
Shayla Nguyen is a senior at Lindbergh Senior High School. Shayla plans to study biology at University of Washington. Shayla represents LD 11.
Karen Gaffney is a senior at Roosevelt High School. Karen plans to study engineering or bioengineering at University of Washington. Karen represents LD 43.
Milo Gosnell is a senior at Ballard High School. Milo plans to study computer and data science at Seattle Central College. Milo represents LD 36.
Colleen Hong is a senior at Health Science and Human Service School. Colleen plans to study engineering at University of Washington or Pacific Lutheran University. Colleen represents LD 34.
Madeleine Schwitters is a senior at King’s Schools. Madeline plans to study cinematic engineering or mechanical engineering and computer science at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Madeleine represents LD 32.
Amarjargal Tsogtoo is a senior at Nathan Hale High School planning to attend college in a STEM field. Amarjargal represents LD 46.
Karlee Wong is a senior at Cleveland High School. Karlee plans to study electrical engineering or computer science at University of Washington or Seattle University. Karlee represents LD 37.
Ciara West is a senior at Snohomish High School. Ciara plans to study physics and mathematics at University of Washington. Ciara represents LD 44.
Shyam Gandhi is a senior at Mount Si School. Shyam plans to study molecular and cellular biology at Montana State University. Shyam represents LD 5.
Maddy Devaney is a senior at Mead Senior High School. Maddy plans to study aerospace engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Maddy represents LD 3.
David Shevchenko is a senior at Central Valley High School. David plans to study computer science at Eastern Washington University. David represents LD 4.
Darius Strobeck is a senior at North Central High School. Darius plans to study computer science and cyber security at University of Washington. Darius represents LD 6.
Talon Capoeman is a senior at Chief Kitsap Academy. Talon plans to study biomedical engineering at Olympic College. Talon represents LD 23.
Karlie Davis is a senior at Stadium High School. Karlie plans to study engineering at University of Washington or Washington State University. Karlie represents LD 27.
Lauren Ellis is a senior at Tonasket High School. Lauren plans to study biology/pre-med at Washington State University – Wenatchee Valley. Lauren represents LD 7.
MacKenzie Kesling is a senior at Curtis Senior High School. MacKenzie plans to study orthopedic surgery at Western Washington University or Linfield College. MacKenzie represents LD 28.
Kathryn Klaus is a senior at Evergreen High School. Kathryn plans to study video game/multi-media design at Washington State University – Vancouver. Kathryn represents LD 17.
Irina Bejan is a senior at Henrietta Lacks Health & Bioscience High School. Irina plans to study computer science and software engineering at Washington State University – Vancouver. Irina represents LD 49.
Hannah Stoddard is a senior at Washougal High School. Hannah plans to study biochemistry/pre-med at Howard University or Spelman College. Hannah represents LD 18.
Megan Phinney is a senior at Wenatchee High School. Megan plans to study Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Megan represents LD 12.
Charlene Evelyn Jackson is a senior at West Valley High School. Charlene plans to study psychiatry and neuroscience at Whitworth University. Charlene represents LD 14.