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Miss America to Promote STEM

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Elizabeth Vandenburg meets Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan.

At a pre-Inauguration event Sunday, Jan. 20, newly crowned Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan addressed a large audience gathered at the FAA for a “Federal Open House and Program Mentoring and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).” She spoke passionately about girls and STEM education, which along with her personal issue will be the chief cause during her reign.

Reston resident Elizabeth Vandenburg, who co-leads the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) and serves on the AAUW National STEM task force, thanked Miss America for giving girls and STEM a voice. “She is passionate, articulate and she can carry an important educational message about girls and STEM to girls everywhere,” said Vandenburg.