The American Association of University Women (AAUW) McLean Area Branch recognized six local high school girls with STEM awards at its 2016-2107 kick-off event held on Sept. 25 at the McLean Community Center. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Excellence Award was presented to Mandy Smith, a sophomore at Langley High School, for a project she prepared jointly with Oksana Vickers on “The Effect of Desalination Method on Overall Efficiency.” The project was presented at the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held last Spring.
Five students from McLean, Langley, and Marshall High Schools were recognized with Science and Math Achievement Awards. The students receiving the 2016 awards were: Lauren Hassi, Math Achievement, McLean High School; Caroline Lewis, Science Achievement, McLean High School; Inga Schlier, Math Achievement, Marshall High School; Emma Barberis, Science Achievement, Marshall High School; and Emily Wallach, Math Achievement, Langley High School. The Science Achievement Award, Langley High School, was presented earlier this year to Emily Stranne.
The STEM awards are funded through the branch’s Annual Used Book Sale proceeds. For more information on the American Association of University Women and the McLean Area Branch, visit the AAUW McLean Area website at http://mclean-va.aauw.net.