Southeastern Regional Voc-Tech Students Honored for STEM Achievements

Southeastern Regional Voc-Tech Students Honored for STEM Achievements

Three Southeastern students—Alyssa Trumbull of East Bridgewater, Sara Rau of  Mansfield, and Meagan Dalton of Mansfield—have been selected as Future Women Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by Mass Maritime Academy (MMA).  The awards are given to students who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in one or more STEM subjects. They were nominated by their academic and vocational teachers and they received the awards at a June 3rd ceremony.

Alyssa Trumbull is a junior majoring in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning).  She is this year’s class president, a National Honor Society member, and she currently has a 4.3 GPA.  She is also a two-time district bronze medal winner for the SkillsUSA HVAC competition.  She plans to attend the MMA Leadership program this summer, and her award entitles her to receive a scholarship for that program.   In addition, Alyssa won a scholarship for a one-year tuition should she choose to apply to and attend MMA.

Sara is also a junior majoring in HVAC (Heating Ventilation, Air/Conditioning) and a member of the National Honor Society.  She has excelled in a number of advanced STEM courses, including AP chemistry and honors math.  She also has been a top student in her vocational major and received a bronze medal for the SkillsUSA district competition in the Sheet Metal competition.  This year, Sarah has been participating in the school’s co-op program, working at Suburban HVAC in Westwood, Massachusetts.  Her future plans include college where she plans to major in engineering or medicine.

Meagan Dalton is a sophomore majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering.  She enjoys working with computer programming and she hopes to become a software developer.

Chemistry teacher Carmen Amaral, who nominated two of the students for the award, said she was very pleased to see the students recognized.

“It’s imperative to encourage and empower driven, analytical and talented young women to pursue careers in the STEM fields where only 24 percent of STEM workers are female (according to the 2009 census),” she said.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is located in Buzzards Bay and is a regionally accredited, coeducational, state college offering undergraduate degrees in maritime-related fields as well as graduate degrees and professional studies.

By: Candace Hall