Congratulations to Kyla Fitzgibbons and Natalie Garrison for winning their awards at the Girls' Recognition Night! Kyla was nominated for the Excellence in Mathematics award by Alan Freed, and Natalie was nominated for the Excellence in Science award by Don Ayers.
CENTER TWP. -- The Beaver Valley branch of the American Association of University Women honored 25 eighth-graders at its annual Girls Recognition Night on Monday at the Community College of Beaver County.
The event celebrated pupils nominated by their math or science teachers for showing interest and talent in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. During Monday’s event, the girls received certificates, copies of the nomination letters their teachers submitted and two tickets to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.
The event also included a panel of four female STEM professionals who discussed their education and careers and took questions from the pupils. This year’s panel was made up of Melissa Boston, mathematics education associate dean for teacher education at Duquesne University; Rebecca Howe Brooks, manager of Pittsburgh’s Rue Boutique; Capt. Dana Donati, dean of CCBC’s School of Aviation; and Maris Shuster, an optometrist with Complete Family Vision Care.
Mathematics honorees were Kyla Fitzgibbons of Ambridge Area Junior High School.
Science honorees were Natalie Garrison of Ambridge Area Junior High School.
Founded in 1881, the American Association of University Women promotes equity for women through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The national organization has a network of more than 1,000 branches and 100,000 members and donors throughout the country.
The organization’s Beaver Valley Branch was founded in 1930 and held its first meeting in Geneva College’s Alumni Hall.
More information about the Beaver Valley Branch can be found at http://beavervalley-pa.aauw.net.