Four local students were honored this week as winners of this year’s $900 Tech Trek scholarships through the Whidbey Island Branch of the American Association of University Women.
AAUW members gathered at the home of Marti Thomson to kick off the new year with a potluck social and to celebrate. Tech Trek is a camp designed for girls between 7th and 8th grades who are interested in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math.
Nominated by their teachers in these subjects for their excellence, the girls must complete an application, write an essay and go through an interview to be selected to attend the weeklong camp in July at Pacific Lutheran University. The students live in dorms on campus and participate in classes in robotics, genetics, chemistry and more.
The four winners of the Whidbey Island scholarships this year were Ari Marshall of Langley Middle School; Ayla Randolph of Oak Harbor Middle School; Hannah Samuels of North Whidbey Middle School; and Anna Dion of Coupeville Middle School. Proud parents looked on as each girl recounted what core classes, electives and field trips she had taken and what she found most exciting and enjoyable about her experience.
Robert Elphick, president of the Macintosh Appreciation Group of Island County, made a surprise presentation of an iPad to each girl, along with the generous offer of a personal tutorial in the set up and use of her new device.
Local members of AAUW as well as members of MAGIC are convinced this program is an important part of supporting AAUW’s national purpose: To advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
- Submitted by Meg Eisenbraun, Whidbey Island AAUW