STEM – Girls’ Recognition Night

Girls’ Recognition Night

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the CDC’s guidelines for safety, CCBC and AAUW Beaver Valley Branch have cancelled Girls’ Recognition Night scheduled for April 16 and the Carnegie Science Mobile Lab on April 25. Each girl’s certificate and a pass to the Carnegie Science Center will be mailed to her. 

Girls’ Recognition Night is a program that recognizes eighth grade girls from Beaver County Middle Schools who have an exceptional interest in the fields of math and science. The girls are selected by their Math and Science teachers for their enthusiasm and talent in Science and Math, components of the (STEM) subjects. The girls are recognized with a certificate and a pass to the Carnegie Science Center.

A panel of three to five women who are currently working in one or more of the STEM areas discuss their education and careers. They describe their professions and give the young women an insight for the possibilities open to them as they continue their studies in the STEM fields. There is an opportunity for questions after the presentation. The program, in partnership with Community College of Beaver County, is held in April at the CCBC Learning Resource Center. Parents, teachers, superintendents and AAUW members are invited to the program. After the program all are welcome to a Dessert Reception that allows for more one-on-one discussions with the speakers. Membership brochures are distributed, a speaker from CCBC is on hand to discuss college options, and information about scholarships is provided.

AAUW asks every science and math teacher from each school district in Beaver County to  select two of their female students in each of their classes to be recognized at this event.  They were asked to choose students with:l

    • An exceptional interest or passion for math or science.
    • A potential for growth in the subject area.
    • Class participation, effort, enthusiasm, grades, in-class projects, and problem-solving ability.

We believe that teachers, advisors, role models and parents can favorably affect the attitudes of young women and persuade them that they are every bit as qualified as young men to pursue math and science careers.  Being praised for their interest and performance and being shown that there are indeed many female achievers in technical and non-traditional fields can make a great difference to a young woman in deciding which courses to take in high school and college. 

GRN 2020

The following girls have been nominated by their science and math teachers for their exceptional interest and achievement in the field of math and science:

Honorees in Mathematics

Ambridge Area Junior High School: Chloe Castro

Beaver Area Middle School: Chloe DeSanzo

Beaver County Christian School: Esther te Velde

Big Beaver Falls Middle School: Jadelyn Yurshia

Blackhawk, Highland Middle School: Kaitlin Bonazza

Central Valley Middle School: Jordan Hunter

Central Valley Middle School: Madison Murtha

Freedom Area Middle School: Emma Falk

Hopewell Area School District: Christy Sundy

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School: Zoe Mangus

Midland Elementary /Middle School: Madison Piontek

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School: Ashlyn Suttelle

Riverside Middle School: Emma Kennedy

Rochester Middle School: Jewell Ours

South Side Middle School: Katie Wright

Western Beaver Junior/Senior High School: Kendra Klein

Honorees in Science

Ambridge Area Junior High School: Kylie Dreyer

Beaver Area Middle School: Lauren Nesbella

Beaver County Christian School: Nora Rice

Big Beaver Falls Middle School: McKayla Shoaff

Blackhawk, Highland Middle School: Haley Romigh

Central Valley Middle School: Jordan Hunter

Central Valley Middle School: Madison Murtha

Hopewell Area Middle School: Lilly Weber

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School: Kylee Clark

Midland Middle School: Ella Birmingham

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School: Ashlyn Suttelle

Riverside Middle School: Alexis Fluharty

Rochester Area Middle School: Ashlyn Shidemantle

South Side Middle School: Ana Adams

South Side Middle School: McKenna Houser

Western Beaver Junior/Senior High School: Abigail Olszanski

We would like to extend our special thanks to:

Dr. Roger W. Davis, President of Community College of Beaver County and

Community College of Beaver County for agreeing to host our event;

Dr. Shelly Moore Provost & Sr. Vice President, Academic Affairs

Community College of Beaver County;

Carnegie Science Center for the donation of tickets;

Carnegie Science Mobile Lab; and

Math and science teachers in Beaver County.