Gathering in Forest Grove fetes STEM achievement

Eight Hillsboro girls were honored March 16 by Pacific University in Forest Grove for their achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Receiving commendations were Larissa P. Gonzalez Nieves and Jessica Lynn Jorgenson of Century High School; Anna Burton and Erika Carrizales of Glencoe High School; Ashley Loberger and Maira Contreras of Hillsboro High School; and Rohi Gheewala and Prowshchal Mahato of Liberty High School.

The event was co-sponsored by Pacific’s Center for Gender Equity (CGE) and the Hillsboro/Forest Grove branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). It featured a panel discussion with women in STEM professions.

According to the event posting on Pacific’s website: “The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields, and this is particularly true of women.

“As a result, many national leaders have set a priority of increasing the number of women who are proficient in these vital areas. CGE and AAUW support these efforts by recognizing girls in local high schools who excel in STEM subjects.”

Hillsboro School District is a member of the Portland Metro STEM Partnership and provides STEM opportunities to students “through integrated curriculum at STEM Focus schools, coursework and activities at other schools [and] extra-curricular clubs,” said district spokeswoman Beth Graser.

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