Students Earn $5000 Prize in Local STEM Competition
Ursuline Academy placed second out of 11 local teams competing in World Wide Technology’s STEM Student Forum, earning a $5000 team prize. Congratulations to Reagan Becnel ’18, Emerson Brazile ’18, Megan Catlett ’18, Olivia Goldkamp ’19, Anna Gonsalves ’19, Allison Kohne ’18, Mary Leritz ’17, Lexie Schomaker ’17, Jill Stinehart ’17 and Jessica Summers ’17.
The competition kicked-off in September and our students met weekly to select and create a project that would benefit the Ursuline community–an online virtual tour of campus. Following months of development, the team presented a seven-minute overview of the completed project to judges and World Wide Technology personnel as well as to teachers, administrators and student teams from the other ten participating schools, followed by an additional three minutes of questioning by the judges. Our Ursuline team, the only all-girls school to compete, delivered their innovative and thoughtfully-designed product with poise and confidence. The judges offered high praise for our students as representatives of women in technology and even discussed future internship opportunities with the company. Watch the team in action here and learn more about their continued plans for the project.
The team was mentored by WWT employees Jeff Grieshaber and Matt Skipton, with Mrs. Valerie Elking (math) serving as a team ambassador and Ms. Jaime Gilligan (coding/theology) providing technical assistance.